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BALDWIN Frank D. Jr., 75, Catcher, Cincinnati Reds, died Thursday, November 18, 2004 at his Pike County home in Beaver, OH. Born on Christmas Day, 1928 in Califon, New Jersey. After two years of being an all-star catcher in New Jersey, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Braves and played in Bluefield, West Virginia. He spent numerous years in the minor leagues with the New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Crackers, Nashville Vols and several other teams. In 1953, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1959, he went to work for Western-Southern Life Ins. Co. where he spent 29 years. During that time, he played baseball on Sundays in the Buckeye League. A long-time resident of Hartwell and West Chester, OH, he retired in 1988 and moved to Beaver, OH. Here he was close to his life-long enjoyment of hunting. During non-hunting times, he enjoyed golfing. In addition to his wife Lillian (nee Storm), he leaves four sons, Frank III, Martin (Debbie) Brady (Cindy) and David (Montana) Baldwin and daughter Kimberly (Charlie) Harville. Son of Frank Sr. and Nellie (nee Hann) Baldwin, he also leaves one sister Elaine, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 35 Bierly Rd., Portsmouth, OH 45662. Visitation at Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., Carthage, MOnday from 6-8 P.M. Funeral services Tuesday, 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 21, 2004
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