- 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.