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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsMaurice Wiggins Died: March 23, 2002Maurice Wiggins, a former Negro Leaguebaseball player, died on March 23, 2002, at the age of 92. Following baseball, he was a waiter atthe Palmer House Hilton in Chicago and became known as the “Waiter to theStars.”He served in the Navy in World War II andhe impressed his commanding officer with the etiquette skills he had learnedin his job as a waiter. Wiggins was promoted to chief petty officer. After the war, he returned to Chicago andformed a baseball team with his coworkers at the Palmer House. He movedon jo join the Gilkerson Union Giants and would play in the Negro Leaguewith the Chicago American Giants and Chicago Colored All-Stars.  Following baseball, he returned to workat the Palmer House and was the waiter for such celebrities as Jimmy Carter,the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Carol Channing.He is survived by a son, a grandson andgranddaughter, two neices and a nephew.Source: Associated Press