Dr. William J. Carroll, 74, dentist, baseball player

October 03, 2003

Dr. William J. Carroll, a retired dentist who practiced in Northeast Baltimore and was a former semipro baseball player, died at Sinai Hospital on Sept. 26 after a fall. The Homeland resident was 74.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Heckel Avenue, he attended the Shrine of the Little Flower Parochial School. He was a 1946 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he played baseball.

He earned a biology degree from Loyola College and pitched on the school's team. He represented Baltimore on the old Hearst All Stars team at the Polo Grounds in New York City in 1947.

Family members said he was scouted by professional baseball teams, but chose to enroll at the University of Maryland Dental School, where he earned his degree. He then served in the Navy.

Dr. Carroll established a dental practice in the Brehm's Building at Belair Road and Erdman Avenue in 1956. He retired in 1990.

He played tennis for many years at Clifton Park and at the Homeland and Perring racquet clubs. Between 1948 and 1997 he won 72 trophies, ribbons and medals.

A Mass was offered Wednesday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Bernadette Zamenski; three sons, David B. Carroll and William John Carroll, both of Baltimore, and Stephen W. Carroll of Parkton; two daughters, Janice L. Shattuck of Selbyville, Del., and Lauren L. Wells of Hampstead; and six grandchildren.

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