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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsBilly RogellWilliam George RogellBorn: Nov. 24, 1904 in Springfield, Ill.Died: Aug. 9, 2003 in Sterling Heights, Mich.Debut: 1925 | Pos: SSH: 5’10.5″ | W: 163 | B: B | T: R YrsGABRHHRRBISBBA141,4825,14975513754260982.267>> Visit the Billy Rogell biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.   Billy Rogell, shortstop for the Detroit Tigers team that won the 1935 World Series, died of pneumonia on August 9, 2003. He was 98.In 14 major league seasons, he hit .267 with 42 home runs and 609 RBIs. Rogell played in the 1934 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals despite an ankle fracture. It was in the 4th game that he was involved in one of the more memorable plays in World Series history.The Tigers were leading 10-4 — Rogell had 4 RBIs in the game — when Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean entered the game as a pinch-runner at first base. On the next play, Rogell was involved in a force-out and on his relay throw, he hit Dean in the head at knocked him unconscious.Dean was OK and some newspaper headlines the next day included the humorous “X-Rays of Dean’s Head Show Nothing.” The Cardinals came back to win the series.Rogell and the Tigers returned to the World Series in 1935 and beat the Chicago Cubs. Rogell hit .292 in the series.Rogell debuted in the majors with the Boston Red Sox in 1925. He played his last season in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1940 and was released by the Cubs to make room on the roster for Dizzy Dean.He then played and managed in the minor leagues until he fractured his shoulder.Rogell returned to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27, 1999 to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the park’s final game.Following his career in the major leagues, Rogell served as a Detroit City Council member for nearly 40 years.   Sources: AP obituary, Biographical Encyclopedia of Baseball