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Herbert Kam, 93, honored baseball player; Aug. 18, 1918 -- Feb. 5, 2012

Herbert Kam, an outfielder in PONY League baseball who later worked in sporting goods retailing, died Feb. 5 in his Cheektowaga home after a short illness. He was 93.

The Buffalo native attended Seneca High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football.

He played minor league professional baseball from 1939 to 1941 in the Can-Am, Florida State and PONY leagues. He hit four doubles in a game in 1939 for the Jamestown Jaguars, tying a record in PONY League play.

Serving in the Army at the end of World War II, Mr. Kam played baseball for Fort Jackson, S.C., on a team that won the service league championship.

He later played amateur baseball in Buffalo and West Seneca, and was manager of the 1959 All-American Amateur Baseball Association championship Gardenville Lumber team. He was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

After his Army service, he was employed at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft and Bell Aircraft. He later worked in retail sporting goods for Frank Kicks, Al Dekdebrun's and J.C. Penney.

He also spent many years in the pro shop at Leisure Rinks, where he was known for his skills as an ice skate sharpener. He also owned a barn in Gasport where many area harness horses trained.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, the former Norma Brennan; two sons, Thomas and Michael; a daughter, Carolyn; and a sister, Ruth.

A private memorial celebration will be scheduled.