Billy Mitchell played and coached in the Valley Baseball League, playing for the Shenandoah Indians. Mitchell coached for about 30 years, including a stint as the head coach of the Madison Blue Jays in the VBL.

Mitchell played both baseball and basketball at Madison County High School. He played baseball at the University of Richmond before going into the U. S. Army from 1951-53.

Mitchell pitched professionally in the Detroit Tigers organization from 1955-58 with stops at Durham, Charleston, Augusta, and Birmingham. He finished with a record of 27-18 and an ERA of 3.29.

After baseball, Mitchell got his degree from the University of Richmond and returned home to Madison County where he spent the rest of his career. He was a teacher, coach and principal at Madison County for 37 years and on Dec. 16, 2021, the Madison County High School baseball field was named Billy Mitchell Field.

Mitchell passed away on Jan. 9, 2023.