If the new information, much of it unearthed over the past six months by Culpeper historian Zann Nelson, is accepted by the Hall of Fame, Hill would officially become Culpeper Countys second native enshrined in Cooperstown (pitcher Eppa Rixey being the other) and just the fifth Virginian.
While much is known about Hills career, Nelson
has partnered with other baseball researchers across the country including Gary Ashwill, Larry Lester, Patrick Rock, Fred Worth, Tim Copeland and Jeremy Krock to develop a more accurate biography.
In an extensive three-part series published Dec. 29-31 in the Culpeper Star-Exponent, Nelson
documented the case for changing a major part of Hills life story.
"Sad to say, Pete Hill is the only Hall of Famer known to be incorrectly identified," said Nelson, a professional genealogical researcher and former director of the Museum of Culpeper History.
But in the summer of 2009, when Nelson
received a tip about Hills possible connection to Culpeper County, she
jumped at the chance to rewrite history.
"There is no greater thrill for a historian than to be on the trail of a new discovery," Nelson