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ST. LOUIS Former St. Louis Brown Rollie Stiles, believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, has died. He was 100.
Stiles died in his sleep Sunday morning at Bethesda Southgate nursing home in St. Louis County, a spokesman for the nursing home said today. A cause of death was not given.
Born Nov. 17, 1906, in Ratcliff, Ark., Stiles pitched for the Browns in 1930, 1931 and 1933, compiling a 9-14 record with a 5.92 ERA. Babe Ruth was among the hitters he faced.
“I had a great game against him,” Stiles recalled in a 2006 interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I held him to three hits.”
“Everything about him was class,” McAuliffe said. “He knew he wasn’t the greatest player that ever lived. But he loved the game.”
In fact, Stiles played seven seasons in the minor leagues after his major league career ended.
“Even though the salary was bad, to be paid to play a boy’s game was a great line of work to him,” McAuliffe said.
The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles after the 1953 season.
Stiles worked for Procter & Gamble after finishing his playing career, retiring in 1969. His wife died in 1997. Survivors include four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, according to the Browns fan club.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
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