The Israel Softball family remembers Israel National team player and Shomrat legend William Arscott known as “Wild Bill”, who passed away last week.
Between 1981 and 2009, Bill played for all the teams based at Kibbutz Shomrat. First, for Adamit-Shomrat and then for the Waves and the Cubs and the Twisters. In 1990, he played one season for the Shanital Tigers as the team’s reliever/closer. He played a major role in the Tigers’ 14-0 regular-season record.
Gadi Bossin, remembered a playoff opponent, Artie Link (later Ambassador Arthur Link!), saying to me in good-natured irony: “It’s just not fair! We face Tito for five innings. And then when Tito tires a bit, you guys bring in Wild Bill.”
Bill was instrumental in securing the Tigers’ place in the 1990 finals by pitching a masterful complete game in the third and deciding game of the semi-final series. The Tigers went on to sweep the finals 2-0 to win the championship. Bill played his final softball seasons (2010-2012) with the Cerveceros, helping the team raise its level and become an ISA contender.
Yaron Ben Israel, a teammate of Bill on the Israel national team, added: “Some people posted that Bill threw basically fastballs.” And then, in response to those whose intention was to write about Bill’s accuracy and steadiness on the mound, Yaron pointed out Bill had other pitches, too: “Well, he threw a curve to Yehudah and almost dislocated Yehudah’s back!” Bossin replied to Yaron: “You are, of course, right about Bill’s abilities. No one can understand a real pitcher like another real pitcher.”
Over the years, Bill played on Israel’s national teams, both in the Maccabiah Games and in European championships. The ISA will never see another “Wild Bill” quite like William, Bill, Billie, Willie, “Wild Bill” Arscott.