Arundel standout Kirby dead at 36


Charles "Butch" Kirby, a three-sport athlete at Arundel High School who went on to play minor-league pro baseball, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 36.

"Butch was the best all-around athlete to come out of our school since I've been there," said Arundel athletic director and 25-year baseball coach Bernie Walter.

Twice an All-Metro shortstop in baseball, Kirby broke all the Wildcats' offensive records at the time. A .409 batter for his three-year varsity career, he was the Milwaukee Brewers' fourth-round draft pick in 1980 and played a couple years in the minors.

Kirby was The Sun's Anne Arundel County baseball Player of the 1980s, as well as county Athlete of the Year in 1980.

Services will be conducted at noon tomorrow at Wilson Memorial Church, Route 3, Gambrills. Visitation will be at Reese & Sons Funeral Home in Annapolis from 4-7 today and from 9: 30-11: 30 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a wake.

Pub Date: 3/05/99

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