Passing of Bill Massey

It is with great sadness we inform you on the passing of one of our sports greats in Bill Massey.
Bill passed peacefully this morning surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was a member of the team colloquially known as the Pilgrims, and attended the first two men’s world championships in Mexico City, 1966, and Oklahoma City in 1968.

He was dubbed Mr Softball by the New Zealand media at the peak of his career as one of the worlds most feared pitchers.

Bill was inducted into the World Softball Hall of Fame in 2019 and a special presentation was made to him during the WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup in Palmerston North earlier this year.

Legendary New Zealand softball pitcher Bill Massey article written by Tony Smith

Softball New Zealand is mourning the death of legendary pitcher Bill Massey – the personable hurler dubbed ‘Mr Softball’ in his heyday on the mound.

Massey, 83, died, surrounded by his family in Lower Hutt on Thursday morning.  (9 June 2020)


Bill Massey, the Man with the Golden Arm, a tribute by Paul Davidson