Yatkeman, Former Cards Equipment Manager
ST. LOUIS (01-25-1900 15:25 EST)
Morris "Butch" Yatkeman, the St. Louis Cardinals equipment manager who hung uniforms for Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial and Ozzie Smith, has died at age 91.
Yatkeman, who died Saturday of an undisclosed cause, was a member of 13 NL pennant winners and nine World Series champions.
He was hired in 1924 for a job that entailed everything from cleaning uniforms to repairing gloves and shoes to setting up transportation of team luggage and equipment. He retired in 1982, after St. Louis beat the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games to win the World Series.
Yatkeman was a popular figure among players, management and staff. He enjoyed following thoroughbred racing during his time off.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was scheduled for Friday at Shaare Emeth in west St. Louis County