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Bill Werber In Failing Health

I got an e-mail this morning from the son of Bill Werber, the 100-year-old native of College Park who is the oldest living ex-major leaguer and the last surviving ex-teammate of Babe Ruth. When I visited Werber in his Charlotte, N.C. nursing home last June -- for an interview, one of the most memorable of my journalism career, that produced this story -- his mind was sharp and his health seemed remarkably good for man about to turn 100.

Unfortunately, according to his son, Bill Jr., Werber's health has recently taken a turn for the worse, and out-of-town family members are making plans to visit him as quickly as they can.

Here at Baseball Insider, we'll be keeping Bill Werber in our thoughts.

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 16, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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A memorable interview led to a memorable article, Shiner -- thanks for posting the link because I missed it the first time around.

Posted by: greggwiggins | January 16, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I remember the piece, which I really enjoyed.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I remember the article well. I think you should write either a series of articles or a book on the remaining stories which weren't covered in his honor.

Please keep us up to date with the condition of this great man.

Posted by: CALSGR8 | January 17, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Bill Werber passed away peacefully this morning about 9:30 am. Arrangements are pending.

Posted by: Beaugas | January 22, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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