The Obit For Willard Nixon

Ex-Major League Pitcher Nixon Dies
Sunday, December 10 11:33 PM ET

ROME, Ga. (AP) - Willard Nixon, known as the ``Yankee Killer'' for his
mastery of the New York Yankees during the 1950s, died Sunday. He was 72.

Nixon had a nine-year major league career with the Boston Red Sox, posting a
69-72 record. His best season was in 1955 when he had a 12-10 mark.

What brought attention to Nixon was his ability to handle the Yankees,
beating New York six games in a row during the 1954-55 seasons.

A member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Nixon returned to his home in
Floyd County after his baseball career ended. He worked as a purchasing
agent for Pepperell Mills, was a county court investigator and the Floyd
County chief of police for four years. He also served as transportation
director for the county school system.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniel's Funeral Home.