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Joe "Pongo Joe" Cantillon
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1861
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jan. 31, 1930
Hickman
Fulton County
Kentucky, USA

Joe Cantillon Loses In Fight Against Death

Colorful Baseball Figure Passes as "Pongo" Dies at 52

HICKMAN, Ky., Jan. 31 - (AP) - Joe Cantillon, for 52 years a figure in the baseball world, died here at 9:40 a.m. today.

Death was the result of a stroke of paralysis, suffered several days ago. His sister, Mrs. E. J. Archambault, Los Angeles, and his wife, were at his side. Mike Cantillon, a brother and the only other close relative, is ill in Los Angeles and was unable to come.

"Pongo Joe" made as courageous a fight on his sick bed as he had on the diamond, but the odds were against him.

"Pongo Joe" had been in baseball for 52 years, and despite his 69 years, he was looking forward eagerly to next season, when he expected to serve as supervisor of umpires for the American association.

Cantillon started his baseball career in 1878 as a bat boy for the Janesville, Wis., club. He remained a player until 1889, when he became manager.

He served first in what is now the Western league, and then on the west coast.

In 1895 he managed the Columbus, O., club and for three years following that he umpired in the National league, and when Ban Johnson formed the American league, "Pongo Joe" went over to that organization and served as umpire during 1901, 1902 and 1903.

In 1928 Joe became a scout for the White Sox and later was given the post of supervisor of umpires of the American association.

Cantillon was credited with discovering some of the game's greatest players, including Walter Johnson, Rube Waddell and Amos Rusie.

(published in The Lima News, Friday, January 31, 1930) 
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
 
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