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One of Last ’34 Goudey Cards Dies

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A teammate of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Bill Werber’s death leaves a void in card collecting, too. Nearly every player in the 1934 Goudey baseball card set has now passed on.

Bill Weber, the oldest living Major League Baseball player, has died at age 100. Werber, who began his career in the 1920s, had the distinction of not only playing briefly alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but was also the leadoff hitter in the first night game in big league history.

Werber and Lonnie Frey had been the only two surviving players who appeared in the 1934 Goudey set. Frey, who debuted in 1933, is now the second oldest living player at age 98.

A Duke University graduate, Werber was a millionaire–not from his playing days–but from a successful business career.

According to the Associated Press obituary, he was always willing to share stories of his time in baseball–until just a few months before his death.


Related: List of oldest living baseball players

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