William J. Little, 62, Oriole batboy who became pilot

May 10, 2006

William J. Little, a retired airline pilot and former Baltimore Orioles batboy, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 62.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge, he attended Cathedral School, then located in downtown Baltimore. At that time he became acquainted with a neighbor, Orioles shortstop Willy Miranda, and soon became a team batboy.

He also befriended players Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson and Mike Fornieles.

"The umpires and players thought highly of my brother and his thoughtfulness to everyone," said his sister, Mary Kathleen Little. "He was frequently invited on road trips."

Mr. Little was a 1961 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

He served in the Air Force as a navigator and pilot in the Vietnam War, then moved to Newport Beach, Calif. He flew for California-based Air Cal. He moved to Lutherville in 1999.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

In addition to his sister, survivors include a friend, Bonnie Dabrowski of Baltimore, and cousins.

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