OSSINING, N.Y. --- Former North Carolina pitcher Bill Gallagher died Thursday at the age of 52 after a bout with prostate cancer. A native of Peekskill, N.Y., Gallagher graduated from UNC in 1983 after playing portions of three years in Chapel Hill, including an All-ACC season as a freshman in 1979.
Gallagher won seven games and struck out 94 batters as a true freshman in 1979, totals that led the Tar Heels and included a pair of 16-strikeout performances against Duke and South Carolina.
After a shoulder injury ended his playing career, Gallagher worked for IBM for 20 years before becoming a correction officer in Westchester County.
Gallagher is survived by his wife Patricia; his father William Sr.; sons, William Gallagher III, Mark Gallagher, Griffin Gallagher; step children, Gina Stabile Cerone (Jeff), Dana Stabile, Mark Stabile; sister, Terri Turner (Daniel); niece, Kristan McCarty (Travis), and nephew Daniel J. Turner Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gallagher's memory to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or the Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam County.