William F. Mulcahy

Obit:Friday, January 1, 1965

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William F. Mulcahy, 98, retired Alaska Railroad employee and Anchorage's "Grand Old Man" of baseball, died in Milford, Conn., January 1. He came to Alaska from New Haven, Conn., in 1922 and worked for the railroad some 30 years, retiring in 1953.

Finding few sports programs for young people when he arrived in Alaska, he stirred up civic interest in providing facilities for basketball, hockey and baseball. But baseball was his favorite. In� 1947 he was named Alaska's first National Baseball Congress commissioner of baseball and held the post for three years. He introduced Little League Baseball to the city in 1950, and the following year, the city's baseball park was named Mulcahy Park in his honor. He also was active in the establishment of Anchorage's first YMCA, and worked with the USO, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the city parks and playgrounds board. For his service to the railroad and to Alaska's youth, he received the U. S. Department of Interior's commendable service award for "unusual diligence" to his lob and "extracurricular activities in promoting recreational organizations and facilities for young people."

Source: Alaska Sportsman, April 1965

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