Debs Garms

  • Birth 26 Jun 1907 Bangs, Brown County, Texas, USA
  • Death 16 Dec 1984 Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Rainbow, Somervell County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 44482381

Debs Garms was the son of Louis and Alwilda Goff Garms. On September 28, 1931, he was married to Jewell Hampton Goff. They had one son, David.

Deb played professional baseball in the 1920's and 1940's for the St. Louis Brown, the Boston Braves, the Pittsburg Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals and was known as Tex among his fellow players. From 1937 to 1939, he was a hitter for Casey Stengel with the Boston Braves. In 1940, while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he won the National League batting championship with a .355 batting average. He was playing for the Cardinals in 1944 when they won the World Series against the St. Louis Browns. During his baseball career, Debs played against a Yankee lineup that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey.

After his retirement in 1947, he bought a ranch near Glen Rose but after a severe drought in 1959 in which he was forced to sell some acreage and cattle, he decided to sell the ranch and moved into Glen Rose. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer in about 1983 and died on December 16, 1984.

In an interview with former major league player, Bobby Bragan, who had played against Debs, noted that, "He was soft-spoken and everybody respected him." Baseball writer, Chilly Doyle is quoted saying of Debs, ""My boy probably will not make the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, yet if humility, mother of all virtues, were a prime requisite Debs Garms would be in. Debs is the type of player that is satisfied to get his name in the box score and let it go at that. In the seven years I have known him I have not heard Garms say anything worse than 'gol ding it.' His clean speech is in contrast to that of some scattered players who are not even careful of their talk in the clubhouse and when women and girls are seated in nearby boxes. Yet there is no fireball pitcher in the game who can make little Debs flinch at the plate."

Even though Debs did not make the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, in 2004, he was chosen by the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame to be posthumously inducted into the state's Hall of Honor.


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  • Maintained by: Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms
  • Originally Created by: dis466
  • Added: 17 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44482381
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Debs Garms (26 Jun 1907–16 Dec 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44482381, citing Squaw Creek Cemetery, Rainbow, Somervell County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms (contributor 46905852) .