| Overall UK Wins: 5 | Overall UK Losses: 0 | Win % 100 |
Date of Birth: February 28, 1883
Date of Death: June 22, 1960
Hometown: Amity, AR
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|1/10/1914||Ashland YMCA at Kentucky||W||28 - 15||-||-||-||8||0||0||-||Charles Keith (Richmond Normal)|
|2/12/1914||Tennessee at Kentucky||W||20 - 18||-||-||-||-||0||0||-||Referee - Charles Keith (Richmond Normal) and Umpire - King (Lexington Y.M.C.A.)|
|1/30/1915||St. Andrews at Kentucky||W||32 - 15||-||-||-||-||0||0||-||Referee - Charles Keith (Richmond Normal School)|
|2/17/1915||Tennessee at Kentucky||W||22 - 13||-||-||-||-||0||0||-||Referee - Charles Keith (Eastern Kentucky State Normal)|
|2/18/1915||Tennessee at Kentucky||W||20 - 18||-||-||-||-||0||1||-||Referee - Charles Keith (Richmond State Normal)|
Obituary - Louisville Courier-Journal (June 23, 1960)
Eastern State College Ex-Dean, Dr. Charles A. Keith, Dies
Had Headed Masonic Unit And K.E.A.
Dr. Charles Alexander Keith, retired dean of men and former head of the history department of Eastern Kentucky State College, died at 4:45 p.m. yesterday at Kentucky Baptist Hospital.
The 77-year-old educator was hospitalized Saturday after suffering partial paralysis as the result of a stroke.
Dr. Keith lived in Richmond. He was a former president of the Kentucky Education Association and a past grand master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky Masons.
At Eastern he was a member of the faculty for 41 years. He headed the history and social science department and was dean for 32 years before retiring in 1953.
Native of Arkansas
Dr. Keith was a native of Arkansas, one of 12 children in a rural family. He attended the University of Arkansas, University of Texas, and Indiana University. He studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship.
He once termed himself "a kind of educational tramp" because he attended so many different schools. He was a powerfully built man at 6 feet, 6 inches, and at one time he weighed 254 pounds.
He started teaching in a country school house.
He entered professional baseball as a pitcher for Little Rock in the Southern Association and later became the only person ever to hold a big-league baseball contract and a Rhodes scholarship at the same time.
Pitched Perfect Game
He signed as a pitcher with the old St. Louis Browns, but began study at Oxford before he ever pitched in a game for the Browns.
While at the University of Arkansas he pitched a perfect game against Missouri State Normal.
While a professor he wrote many textbooks on history and government as well as three books on verse and humor.
Two of his books were published last year. One, "Designs, Dreams, and Deeds" was a collection of 26 speeches he had delivered. The other, "Fast Balls and College Halls," was an autobiographical account of his athletic activities in the United States and England.
Shortly after his retirement from Eastern he filled in for a short time at the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home, 3701 Frankfort, as acting superintendent. In Masonry, he was also past grand high priest of the Grand Chapter and a roving representative of the Kentucky Grand Lodge.
Filled In For Time
After the Masonic Home period he returned to Eastern to serve as supervisor of men's dormitories and young men's counselor.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene Keith, a Louisville Times reporter, and Theodore H.R. Keith, Richmond; three brothers, Virgil Keith, Hot Springs, Ark., and Isaac Keith and Gordon Keith, both of Bismarck, Ark; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Hardin and Mrs. Minnie Montgomery, both of Hot Springs, and Mrs. Addie Hardin, Bismark, and eight grandchildren.
The body is at Barrett Funeral Home, 1230 Bardstown Road. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Resthaven Memorial Park.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1000 S. Fourth, Louisville.