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Ernie Stiteler


Date and Place of Birth: December 9, 1891 Taylor, TX
Date and Place of Death:    May 14, 1918 Smithville, TX
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Infield
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States

Ernest E “Ernie” Stiteler was born in Taylor, Texas on December 9, 1891. The son of Harry and Annie Stiteler, his father worked on the M.K&T Railroad in Smithville, Texas.

Stiteler attended Texas A&M where he played varsity baseball and ran track. In 1913, the young infielder started playing baseball for the Bryan Dixies, an independent team in Texas. The following year he was with another independent team, Yoakum, and was signed by the Brenham Brewers of the Class D Middle Texas League, appearing in 28 games and batting .217. Stiteler (whose name was often mispelled Steitler) was back with Brenham in 1915 but the league disbanded in June, ending his professional career.

The 23-year-old went to work as a Time Keeper at the M.K.&T. Railroad in Smithville before being drafted for military service in 1917.

Ernie Stiteler died from pneumonia in Smithville on May 14, 1918. He is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in that city.

Thanks to Davis O. Barker for bringing Ernie Stiteler to my attention.

Date Added: May 8, 2015

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