William Joseph Connors III

November 2, 1941June 17, 2018

Baseball legend, William Joseph Connors III, born November 2nd, 1941, in Schenectady, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Billy, as he was known to friends and loved ones, was an American former player and pitching coach in professional baseball, enjoying a career that spanned six decades. He first made headlines when at the age of 12, at the age of 12, as a member of the Schenectady All-Star team, he led his teammates to win the 1954 Little League World Championship, triumphing over the competition from Colton, California. Billy graduated from Linton High School in Schenectady in 1959 and attended Syracuse University for two years on a basketball scholarship. In 1961, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher/infielder. He went on to play and coach in many leagues, farm teams and several Major League teams, including the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Mariners, and the New York Yankees. Billy was known for his larger-than-life personality, great sense of humor, and lifelong love for his many animals. He will be deeply missed by fans, friends, and loved ones. He is survived by his cousin, Barbara of New York. A memorial to honor and celebrate his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Humane Society of the US in Billy’s name would be greatly appreciated. Visit the family’s online obituary and guestbook for updated information at


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Cheryl Streib

August 4, 2018

I remember Billy when he played baseball for the Tacoma Cubs in 1967 or was it 1966. He was so kind to many of us kids-...taking us out for pizza after a game. I was fortunate to see him through the years when he coached at Seattle and New York. He was always so gracious to leave tickets for my friends and I. It was always good to see him. Sorry to say we lost touch in recent years but always talked to him on his birthday. Condolences to his many friends and family. Oh the stories he would tell about Lucy his parrot and his cleaning lady. Rest In Peace my longtime friend.

Linda Silverman sandner

July 6, 2018

Billy and and we're very good friends since high school. I miss him so much . He had a heart of gold. His mom gave me a cross when we were in high school where after my mom gave him a Jewish star. When he pitched for the Mets, people asked if he was jewish as the star would pop out of his shirt. I dont think he ever knew how much he meant to me. I am devistated that he's gone. I have so much to talk to him about.
Linda Silverman Sandner

Kathleen Boyle Farrell

June 29, 2018

I met Billy when I worked as a server at his Oldsmar restaurant, Jack Willies. I was a kindergarten teacher, therefore he called me ‘teach’. I’m not even sure if he knew my real name! 😉

Often, when he would bring the ballplayers, hall of fame legends, or Steinbrenner for dinner, he would request I served their tables. He was never dismissive or rude. He would kindly introduce me, and I believe with pride, tell everyone I taught kindergarten. He made me feel important in the presence of sporting legends. He even had one table sign a ball for me - Yogi Berra, Clete Boyer, Whitey Ford and Billy too! (I wish to goodness I still had that ball..)

He took great pride in the memorabilia room at the rear of the restaurant. It was pure joy to see grown men attending ‘Yankee Fantasy Camp’ scour over every image and autographed ball. He would often take the time to explain the context of the photos to fans and Yankee players.

Billy, you were a legend and you are missed. May you have peace in baseball heaven.

Regards, Kathleen

Gordon Blakeley

June 21, 2018

Spent many hours with billy - mostly working - I remember when gms threw the speaker phone into the corner of the room and billy said “ was the a fb or a curve” gms went from pissed to laughing - billy could do that