Billy Werber, Duke 1930, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player and Duke’s first All-American basketball player, turned 100 years old on June 20, 2008. He spent two seasons playing alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Werber is the final surviving teammate of both Ruth and Gehrig.
- “In my first game, (as a Yankee) i got on base ahead of Babe Ruth ,” “He hit a home run and I ran around the bases, full speed, because i wanted to show those Yankees how fast i could run. When Ruth came in he patted me on the head and said “You don’t have to run like that when the Babe hits one”.
- In his first National League season, Werber became the first player ever to bat on television during a game between Cincinnati and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field (August 26, 1939).
- He no longer watches baseball; one of his stated reasons is that he was dismayed to see Johnny Damon’s long hair and beard.
If you would like to read more about Billy Werber you can check out his wikipedia page.
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