Rollie Stiles

Rollie Stiles
Born: (1906-11-17)November 17, 1906
Ratcliff, Arkansas
Died: July 22, 2007(2007-07-22) (aged 100)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 1930, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1933, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Record 9-14
ERA 5.92
Innings 298

Rolland Mays Stiles (November 17, 1906 โ€“ July 22, 2007) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Browns from 1930 to 1933. Born in Ratcliff, Arkansas, he batted and threw right-handed, and was 9โ€“14 with an earned run average of 5.92 in his three seasons. Rollie attended Southeastern State Teachers College. His first game in the major leagues was on June 19, 1930, and his last game was October 1, 1933. Stiles' nicknames when playing baseball were "Leapin' Lena", "Lena", and "Rollie", all typical of how he signed autographs for baseball fans.[1]

Stiles made an appearance and gave a speech at the St. Louis Browns Reunion dinner held at the Missouri Athletic Club on June 8, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. He died in his sleep at age 100 on July 22, 2007 at the Bethesda Southgate Nursing Home in St. Louis.[2]

Stiles was the last living person to have pitched to Babe Ruth. While he was the oldest living major league ballplayer at the time of his death, Stiles was not the oldest living professional baseball player; that distinction was held by Emilio Navarro of the Negro leagues, who turned 103 years old in 2008.

See also


  1. ^ Rollie Stiles. Article written by Matthew Clifford. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Obituary. Legacy website. Retrieved on June 23, 2019.

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Preceded by
Howdy Groskloss
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
July 15, 2006 โ€“ July 22, 2007
Succeeded by
Billy Werber