July 23, 2007

"I RECOMMEND IT" (via Glenn Dryfoos)

Ex-Brown pitched against Babe Ruth (Rick Hummel, Jul. 23 2007, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH)

Rolland Mays "Lena" Stiles, the oldest living former major-league baseball
player, died Sunday morning in his sleep at the age of 100 at Bethesda
Southgate nursing home in St. Louis. [...]

While with the Browns, Mr. Stiles often was matched against Philadelphia
Athletics Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. He also recalled facing the great New York
Yankees' teams, including Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.

"I had a great game against him," Mr. Stiles told the Post-Dispatch's Derrick
Goold last November. "I held him to three hits."

Besides winning the service award from the baseball writers, Mr. Stiles also
had received the lifetime achievement award from the St. Louis Amateur Baseball

Of his playing career, Mr. Stiles told the Post-Dispatch last year, "It was
good. It was nice. A baseball career — I recommend it."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2007 10:22 PM
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