Edward M. Drost Sr., 79

Crown Cork and Seal Co. supervisor

November 30, 2006

Edward M. Drost Sr., a retired Crown Cork and Seal Co. supervisor and baseball fan, died Nov. 23 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 79.

Mr. Drost was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1945. He served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1947 and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1962.

While at City, he played second base, and in the late 1940s, he played professional baseball for several years as a third baseman for the minor league Danville Leafs in Virginia.

A highlight of his career, family members said, was attending spring training with the old Washington Senators.

"At the end of spring training, he was given his pink slip, and he returned to Danville," said a daughter, Julia D. Snyder of Raleigh, N.C.

Mr. Drost was a member of the City College Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Maryland Old-Timers Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1988, he was inducted into the Susquehanna League Baseball Hall of Fame.

He also officiated at local basketball games for more than 25 years.

Mr. Drost worked for more than 40 years at Crown Cork and Seal, retiring in 1991 as procurement supervisor. He subsequently worked part time for a decade for T.A. Gorman Co. Inc., a Rosedale engineering firm.

"He enjoyed working and said that this was his `golf course,'" said another daughter, Elisa A. Gittings of Roswell, Ga.

Mr. Drost was a member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion and the Headquarters Marine Corps Association.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Overlea.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at the Parkville retirement community.

Also surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Theresa H. Hock; a son, Edward M. Drost Jr. of Parkton; another daughter, Kristina D. King of Carney; and nine grandchildren.

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