Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 09:39:19 :
20 July 1922
Baseball Catcher Known Here, Dies
Baseball fans here were grieved today to hear of the death yesterday in Visalia of “Lenny” Tifer who played with the San Rafael team in the seasons of 1918 and 1919.
Lenny was one of the best catchers among the semi-professional players in the bay region, and one of the most popular players that ever appeared on the local diamond. He had been catching for the Visalia team in the Lower San Joaquin Valley league since leaving San Rafael.
According to reports his death was the result of a fracture of the skull sustained when he was struck on the head by the flying crank of a windlass Monday, July 10.
He was 24 years and 6 months of age, unmarried and when not filling a baseball contract, lived with his parents in San Francisco.
Lenny was a partner in an automobile painting firm. The accident occurred when they were hoisting a machine on a chute in preparation for the work to be done on it. Through an error in operating the mechanical contrivance for hoisting the crank of the windlass flew off and struck Tifer at the base of the skull, causing a fracture.
The body was shipped from Visalia today and the funeral will be held Monday. The parents were at the bedside when death came.
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