Interview with Walter Hill

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1986 OH 151




This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Walter Robert Hill, Alumnus, a 1940 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Mr. Hill discusses his years at Eastern and his coaching career in baseball.


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Interview with Walter Hill

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Jones, Harold


Hill, Walter


Berea, KY



Time Summary

00:00 - 01:40 Introduction.
01:40 - 03:00 Walter Robert Hill born 1915 in Carlisle, Kentucky. Parents were Robert Foster Hill and Ethel Hill.
03:00 - 05:00 Discussed educational background.
05:00 - 06:30 Mentions Rome Rankin and Turkey Hughes as coaches. Mr. Hill also coached baseball for 19 years at Henry Clay High School.
06:30 - 09:20 Had two students to continue ballplaying. Marvis Bowling played 3rd., team catcher for Chicago Whitesocks. Derick Bryant played for Oakland. Mr. Hill had three students to continue in baseball that pitched in the same year. West Point, Annapolis, and Air Force. Recently had one student Steve Chandler to start coaching baseball at Lafayette High School.
09:20 - 12:00 Talks about first impression of Eastern Campus.
12:00 - 15:00 Remembers Chuck Schuster as being all around athletic at Eastern. Woodrow Hinkle a local man was also very good in basketball and baseball.
15:00 - 18:00 Discussed Depression years.
18:00 - 20:00 Discussed Faculty.
20:00 - 22:00 Mentions Dr. Donovan as a collector of "canes".
22:00 - 26:00 Discussed organizations and clubs on campus. Also mentions fellow students.
26:00 - 31:30 Continued reminiscencing about fellow classmates, also discussed biggest rivals as being Western and Morehead.
31:30 - 36:30 Discussed basketball programs in early 1940's.
36:30 - 38:10 Discussed Roy Kidd.
38:10 - 42:00 Talks about boxing and being knocked out once during 1938-1939.
42:00 - 43:00 Discussed first job after graduating from college in 1941.
43:00 - 47:00 Discussed time spent in Naval Air Force for four and one-half years.
47:00 - 49:00 Discussed changes on campus, buildings, etc.,
49:00 - 53:00 Discussed how Depression years affected his life.
53:00 - 55:00 Discussed buildings on campus.
55:00 - 59:00 Mentions Joe Ohr, coach for Irvine.





“Interview with Walter Hill,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed May 21, 2018,

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