Yesterday we observed the 50th anniversary of the death of World War I veteran Fred Beck of Havana, Illinois. A lanky left-hander, Beck spent 22 seasons in the ranks of professional baseball beginning in 1905 with the Bloomington Bloomers of the Three-Eye League (B) in 1905. Principally an outfielder, Beck joined the American Association as a first baseman in 1916 at the age of 29 when he appeared in a pinch-hitting role in 20 games with the Kansas City Blues. In 1923, he joined the St. Paul Saints when he appeared in 80 games, batting .269 with six home runs in 275 at-bats. Three years later Beck was one of three managers for the Cedar Rapids Bunnies of the Mississippi Valley League at the age of 39; he also played in 33 games at first-base that year. Beck was 75 when he passed away at Havana, Illinois; he was born Nov. 17, 1886.