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Werber, who played with Ruth, dies at 100

Bill Werber, who was the oldest living major league baseball player and the last surviving teammate of Babe Ruth’s and who later owned an insurance agency in Washington, died Thursday at the Carriage Club retirement community in Charlotte, N.C. He was 100.

He had diabetes, but his son said the specific cause of death could not be determined.

Werber was a speedy infielder who led the American League in stolen bases three times over an 11-year career. He was considered the spark plug of the 1939 and 1940 National League champion Cincinnati Reds and helped lead the Reds to the World Series title in 1940.

He was the teammate of 13 members of the Hall of Fame, none of whom was more memorable than Ruth, the New York Yankee slugger of the 1920s and 1930s. Over the years, Werber entertained sportswriters with tales of the Babe, whom he knew well.

Ruth was “good-natured, amoral, loving, loud, rough, vulgar, but kind and considerate, especially with the kids,” Werber wrote in his 2000 autobiography, “Memories of a Ballplayer.”

On Aug. 26, 1939, when Werber hit leadoff for the Reds in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he became the first batter to appear in a televised baseball game.


Cassel: Pats still Brady’s team

Matt Cassel could not beat out Matt Leinart in a quarterback competition in the spring of 2003, but he never complained about having to sit behind Carson Palmer and Leinart as they won Heisman trophies at USC.

Cassel’s breakout season for the New England Patriots in 2008 – in a contract year – apparently has not changed him.

ESPN’s Bram Weinstein asked Cassel if there should be a quarterback competition this summer if Tom Brady returns from a knee injury and Cassel is still with the Patriots.

“This is Tom’s team,” Cassel said. “The Patriots have been Tom’s team. He’s built that franchise up with his own two hands. He’s the guy, and he was the MVP the year before. I realize that.

”He’s been such a mentor for me that I would say, ‘No, there is no quarterback competition.’ But I’ve learned so many things from Tom, and hopefully it’ll help me in my career.“


See Zags, sleep well

Though the game has officially been sold out for months, there remains a good opportunity to obtain tickets for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic between Memphis and Gonzaga.

Promoters announced that the Davenport Hotel has room packages that include tickets for the Feb. 7 game at the Arena. Call the Davenport at (509) 455-8888 for more information.

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