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Maurice Wiggins

Died: March 23, 2002


Maurice Wiggins, a former Negro League baseball player, died on March 23, 2002, at the age of 92.

Following baseball, he was a waiter at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago and became known as the "Waiter to the Stars."

He served in the Navy in World War II and he impressed his commanding officer with the etiquette skills he had learned in his job as a waiter. Wiggins was promoted to chief petty officer. 

After the war, he returned to Chicago and formed a baseball team with his coworkers at the Palmer House. He moved on jo join the Gilkerson Union Giants and would play in the Negro League with the Chicago American Giants and Chicago Colored All-Stars.  

Following baseball, he returned to work at the Palmer House and was the waiter for such celebrities as Jimmy Carter, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Carol Channing.

He is survived by a son, a grandson and granddaughter, two neices and a nephew.

Source: Associated Press