West Chester Woman Keeps Memory Alive of Big-Leaguer Who Died on Christmas a Century Ago

Image via Monica Herndon, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The gravestone of Weston Fisler at the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Karen Penn, a former Phillies hostess from West Chester, is keeping the memory alive of Weston Dickson Fisler, a big-leaguer who died on Christmas a century ago, writes Dave Caldwell for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Penn, who is a huge fan of baseball, drops by Laurel Hill Cemetery during the holidays each year to lay fresh Christmas greenery at the grave of her second cousin, three times removed. She never met Wes, but he means a lot to her. Penn discovered that he had been a professional baseball player of note in the 19th century.

His career started in 1860 when baseball was “in its infancy,” said Matt Albertson, co-chair of the Society of Baseball Research chapter in Philadelphia.

He soon became known as a dapper and smooth-fielding Philadelphia Athletics’ first baseman “Icicle.” He earned the nickname as he never lost his composure on the diamond.

Despite that, his grave remained unmarked for decades until five years ago. After Penn located his resting place, she bought a gravestone for him and has been visiting his grave every year since.

Read more about Weston Fisler in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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