Dave Hillman, a longtime Kingsport resident who played eight seasons in the major leagues with four teams, died Sunday. He was 95.

The Dungannon, Virginia, native was the oldest living member of both the 1962 New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds. A right-handed pitcher who also batted right handed, he never played high school or college baseball. He didn’t play organized baseball until a 21-month stint in the Air Force.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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