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January 1

  • On This Day In Baseball History1868 - David William Tilden Zearfoss is a professional baseball catcher.  He plays all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball between 1896 and 1905 for the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.  He has a .244 batting average for his career.  Zearfoss is born in Schenectady, New York.  He dies in Wilmington, Delaware on September 12, 1945 (age 77) and is buried in Northwood Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • 1923 - Willie Keeler died at age 50 in Brooklyn, New York. Keeler suffered from endocarditis for the last five years of his life. By late 1922, his condition had worsened and it was doubtful whether he would live into the new year. Seriously ill by New Year's Eve, he heard bells and sirens in the streets when the new year arrived. Keeler sat up and said to his brother, "You see, the new year is here and so am I—still." He enjoyed a drink and a smoke, then said that he was ready for a long sleep. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York.

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