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the year. A member of St. James' church. Mr. DeGroff also wss a member of the Men's club of the church and of the dartball team. He also was a member of the Exempt Firemen and of the Rescue Hook and Ladder Co.. of the Hyde Park Fire department. For many years, Mr. DeGroff hsd been a dally vitltor at the Hyde Park Are house Widely known for his baseball activities, Mr. DeGroff was one of the original, members of the Hyde Park .Robin Hoods of Hyde Park. He Brat started in organised organised baseball In the spring of 1904, when he went to Rochester In the Eastern league. From Rochester, Rochester, he toured Troy (State league), St. Louis (National league for the spring of 1906) and then back to Troy. In the fall of 1908. the Yankees drafted him and he was to report the next spring. Early In 1907, "Rube" was notified thst he had been turned over to Jersey City in the East ern league under Joe Bean. Subsequently, Subsequently, he went to Wilkes - Barre, Pa., where he helped the club to a pennant. lie spent the next season at Wilkes - Barre and the next year moved to Milwaukee. Milwaukee. He next went to ZanesvlUe O., and from 1811 to 1913, played for LowelL Mass., helping the team to a pennant in 1912 in a playoff with Hartford. In 1911. "Rube" led his team in hitting. "Rube" went back to Wilkes - Barre in 1914, for what then, was destined to be his last yesr with the "organised boys." In the spring of 1913, he severely hurt his ankle when he fell from a tree. From that time, he was a semi - pro payer: WHEN MR. DE GROFF played with the Robin Hoods, he was a pitcher, later switching 'to the outfield. In his early day with the - team, "Rube. - played with tthTTatt - mBMtii - irRooeTeltr ed States carried photoa of Rube" and the late rrretident taken at Crumwold field In 1936,' After hi early day with the Robin Hoodt, Mr, DeGroff con. centrated on managing the team. In 1938. Orvllle Todd took over and after that Mr. DeGroff Played Played only a little, and then mostly softball. While In professional ball. Mr. DeGroff gave all of - hi baseball uniform to the "fellow" around Hyde Park. SURVIVING, ARK RU Win. Mrs. Grace McCord DeGroff. children's caseworker with the County Welfare department from 1931 until Dec. 31, 1949; a brother,' brother,' Theodore DeGroff, Lawrenej, L. I.t - a sister. Mr "Geraldlne Schaff er, Hyde Park, - and ; two niece. Nancy - Dearon, Battle Creek. Mich,' and Mrs. Eleanor Cabin. Jamaica. iM "