This is the grave of Billy Meyer. Born in 1892 or 1893 (dates differ here) in Knoxville, Tennessee, Meyer had the great passion of baseball. He grew up with a German immigrant father who operated a br
Roger Angell has died. He has a very strong claim to be the greatest baseball writer in history. I loved his late life writing in The New Yorker so much. You can’t be too sad when someone lives
This is the grave of Ray Chapman. Born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky in 1891, Chapman was an outstanding baseball player and so became a star in Herrin, Illinois, where his family moved when he was a child.
This is the grave of Smokey Joe Williams. Born in 1886 in Seguin, Texas, Williams was half Black and half Comanche. Such relationships were quite common in this era. Williams grew up in the poverty of
The world is uniting against a set of monsters declaring war on innocent people. That’s right, the baseball owners who are destroying the game in order to tank and make tons of profits while doi
This is the grave of Wee Willie Keeler. Born in Brooklyn in 1872, William Henry O’Kelleher, Jr. grew up in the New York working class of the Gilded Age. His father was a switchman on the railroa
This is the grave of Hilton Smith. Born in 1907 in Giddings, Texas, Smith was a successful pitcher and good enough to play some college ball at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU that still exists today. H
This is the grave of Dave Orr. Born in Brooklyn in 1859, Orr was Irish-American, the son of an immigrant father. Despite that, he had a decent life. He grew up in Brooklyn and was good at baseball. So