Born on March 14, 1915 or 1916 in Charleston, Mississippi; William (Bill) Hoskins had a ten year Negro League baseball career. He stared in 1937 playing with three teams; the Detroit Stars, Memphis Red Sox, and St. Louis Stars. But the longest period of the 6’3’’, 190 -210 lbs. power hitter’s time in baseball was with the Baltimore Elite Giants; eight seasons (1939 – 1946). He was a long time teammate of Hall of Famer Roy Campanella, Henry Kimbro, and “Wild” Bill Byrd. In the 1941 East-West Negro League All-Star Game, Hoskins went one for five with one RBI.