Clipped From The Fresno Bee The Republican
;Ex-Ma/or Leaguer A/ex Mete/er Dies Â· Alex Metzler, who batted .312 in six major league seasons during baseball's TyCobb era, died Thursday "pfter a long illness. He was -70. ". A native Fre.inan, Mel- zler signed his first pro baseball contract in 1924 with Topeka, Kan., for $150. Three years later, he Alex Metzler began a brief hut meteoric career w i t h the Chicago While Sox. Â· lie spent six seasons in the majors during which collected 5K1 base hits, scored 290 runs, drove in 207 more and stole 48 bases. He played centerfield for t h e White Sox. When Cobb got his first look at the then 22-year-old Fresnan. he remarked k i d M e t z l e r h a s stuff that makes a ball player." An arm injury cut his big league career, but Metzler played 11 years semi-pro baseball in the San Joaquin Valley after leaving the White Sox. Metzler propped at Washington Union High School, where he won Fresno County tennis championship two years a row and was a star performer in baseball, basketball and track. He was inducted i n Fresno A t h l e t i c Fame in I960. Among survivors is bis widow, Geneva. Lisle Funeral Home in charge of f u n e r a arrangements. Services are pending.