Frederick G. Keller, 77, railroader, baseball player

April 14, 2004

Frederick G. Keller, a retired railroader who played baseball for the old International League Orioles, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Ruxton home. He was 77.

Mr. Keller was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton. He graduated in 1943 from Polytechnic Institute.

A pitcher, he was 17 when he was signed by the Orioles. During World War II, he served in the Army as part of a baseball team that toured military bases.

He played ball during the late 1940s until going to work for the Patapsco & Back River Railroad at Sparrows Point. He was a car service supervisor until retiring in 1981.

"He loved to read, especially Mark Twain," said his wife of 23 years, the former Elizabeth Tennant.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.

Survivors also include a son, Thomas W. Keller of Monkton; two daughters, Susan G. Delawder of Jessup and Christie E. Krause of Bel Air; a stepdaughter, Betsy L. Keller of East Brunswick, N.J.; a sister, Ruth Donovan of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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