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Charles Devens
Born: Jan. 1, 1910 in Milton, Pa. 
Died: Aug. 13, 2003 in Milton, Mass.
Debut: 1932 | Pos: P
H: 6’1″ | W: 180 | B: R | T: R

Yrs W L G Sv IP SO ERA
3 5 3 16 0 82 31 3.73

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Charles Devens, reported to be the last living New York Yankee from Babe Ruth’s final championship season of 1932, died on Aug. 13, 2003 in Milton, Pa. He was 93.

Devens, who pitched for Harvard, was signed by the New York Yankees in 1932 for a rookie contract and a bonus of $5,000.

“He’s got everything it takes — speeds, brains, fielding ability and hitting power,” Yankees manager Joe McCarthy was reported as saying at the time.

He made just one start in 1932 and pitched a complete game to pick up the win. It was at the end of that season, in the World Series against the Cubs, that Devens was a witness to one of baseball’s most debated moments — the Babe Ruth called shot.

In an interview with the Boston Globe in 2002, Devens said:

“Ruth was having a feud against the Cubs. (Devens said Ruth had thought Chicago was cheap for giving only half a World Series bonus to a former Yankee teammate.) He’d made fun of them and they were giving him a ride. What did they say? It wasn’t pretty, I can tell you that, and his reply wasn’t pretty either. The pitcher, Charlie Root, got strike two called on Ruth, and Babe put up a finger and pointed. To me, it looked like he was pointing to the center-field stands. On the next pitch, he hit it into them.

Following his baseball career, he established himself as a leading businessman in Boston.

He pitched 62 innings for the Yankees in 1933 and he pitched in just one game for New York in 1934, picking up the win in an 11-inning complete-game effort.

According to his obituary, Devens left baseball when his wife-to-be’s father told him that he didn’t want a baseball player for a son-in-law. With baseball behind him, he began a job as a teller and eventually worked himself up to vice president of State Street Trust Co. He left to become president of Incorporated Investors in 1954.

In World War II, Devens was a flight deck officer on the USS Intrepid and received the Bronze Star for his efforts during a battle with on Nov. 25, 1944. fought in World War II and received the Bronze Star. (Fort Devens is named for his great-uncle who fought in the Civil War.)

His marriage lasted for more than 60 years until his wife’s death. He remarried in 1999.

Sources: Boston Globe obituary, Total Baseball