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Nov. 5, 1928 - Aug. 23, 2012
Lester Vearle Eggers, a retired Buffalo police officer and a standout baseball player in his youth, died Aug. 23 in Sarasota., Fla. He was 83.
Born in Peoria, Ill., he came to Buffalo with his family as a boy.
He was president of the Class of 1946 at South Park High School and was a varsity baseball and basketball player.
He served on the Buffalo police force as a patrolman from 1954 until he retired in 1979. He moved to Florida in 1980.
Notably tall, Mr. Eggers was Buffalo's representative in Esquire's All-American Boys Baseball Game on Aug. 28, 1945, in the Polo Grounds in New York City, playing shortstop on the victorious East team managed by Babe Ruth.
Recruited by the Detroit Tigers, he played five seasons as an outfielder in the minor leagues.
He played at Tigers farm teams in Jamestown, Rome and Flint, Mich., then for the Philadelphia Athletics in Savannah, Ga.
After serving in the Army in the Korean War, he played for the Tigers again in Durham, N.C., in 1953.
He played softball throughout his years as a police officer and continued to play in a 70-and-over league in Florida until he was 81.
He was the widower of Mary Carmody Eggers and Joyce "Joan" Luksok Eggers.
Surviving are three step-sons, Michael Luksok, Bruce Luksok and Stewart Luksok; and a brother, Charles.
Services were private.