Charles "Spider" Wilhelm of Baltimore, so nicknamed...

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October 21, 1992

Charles "Spider" Wilhelm of Baltimore, so nicknamed because of the sure way he covered shortstop, died at age 63 after a long illness in Englewood, Fla. A viewing will be held tomorrow at the Evans Funeral Home on Harford Road with burial services the next day.

Wilhelm left Clifton Park Junior High School to sign with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947 and played at Federalsburg in the Eastern Shore League, where he set a record for most-at-bats in a season, 518. In 1953, after a stint in the Army at Fort Meade, he joined the Athletics and batted .286 in seven games. His minor-league career was extensive.

He is survived by his wife, the former Claire Lanasa of Baltimore, a brother, Donald, and sisters Shirley and Jean.

After his baseball career ended, Wilhelm spent 25 years in the Baltimore County Fire Department before retiring to Florida. Wilhelm was a member of the Maryland Oldtimers' Baseball Hall of Fame, as was his late father.

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