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Former Tiger star of the 1930s dead at 98

Posted: Monday August 11, 2003 3:36 PM
Updated: Monday August 11, 2003 7:04 PM

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Former major league shortstop Billy Rogell, who helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1935 World Series and later became a city councilman, died at age 98.

Rogell died Saturday of pneumonia, his family said.

After 14 years in the major leagues -- with the Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs -- Rogell was a councilman for nearly 40 years, with the exception of a two-year break in the late 1940s.

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Paul Hopkins 9/25/04  98
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Rollie Stiles 11/17/06  95
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He played for the Tigers from 1930 to 1939, teaming in the infield with Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer and Marv Owen. In 1934, they knocked in 462 runs between them.

"Yes, we were a tough gang," Rogell said in a 1994, according to information released by his family following his death. "Some of us had to keep from being run out of the ballpark."

Born in Springfield, Ill., on Nov. 24, 1904, Rogell came up in the majors with the Red Sox in 1925 and finished his career with one season in Chicago, retiring in 1940. In 1,481 games, he batted .267 with 42 home runs and 609 RBIs. Rogell hit .283 in 13 World Series games.

He threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Sept. 27, 1999, final game at Tiger Stadium.

A memorial is scheduled for Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Blase Catholic Church in Sterling Heights.

 
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