Paul Otis

Paul Otis was a unique resident of the East End.  While his profession was ordinary enough—he was vice president of the Manley McLennan Insurance Agency when they moved to his new house at 2310 East Third Street in 1929—Otis was also an ex-“Yankee.”  (The Otis family lived at 2016 East Sixth Street in 1920.)   “Bill” as he was nicknamed by his teammates, played baseball with the New York Highlanders—the team that would become the New York Yankees the year after he left them.  His 1990 obituary reported that he was born in 1889 in Scituate, Massachusetts, attended schools there and graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1912.  Otis had a very short stint playing outfield, his first game being on July 4, 1912 and fourth and last July 6, the same year.  This team, however, was the first to wear the famous pinstripe uniforms.  Just two years later he moved to Duluth to work for the and Duluth Heraldand News-Tribune.  Later he joined the Dunning & Dunning Insurance Agency before switching to the Manley-McLennan Agency, which later changed its name to Marsh & McLennan Inc.  In 1958 he established the Otis, McGee and Gustafson Agency and didn’t retire until age of 78.  Before his death at age 100 he was the oldest living professional baseball player in the United States.

Sources:

  • Larson, Jill. Intensive Survey of Historic Resources in Duluth’s East End (Part 1). City of Duluth, Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission, Duluth, Minn.: August 2007.
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