Smith: Voigt ‘lived a happy life’

From Brian Smith at the Reading Eagle on January 24, 2016, on SABR member David Voigt:

As the memorial service was nearing its end, the attendees at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Shillington broke into a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Then came the video of John Fogerty’s hit, “Centerfield,” and its collection of historic baseball clips.

This wasn’t a normal service, but David Q. Voigt, who died Jan. 16 at the age of 89, lived far from a normal life.

Voigt was a husband and a father. The Cumru Township resident was a World War II veteran. He was a Sunday school teacher. And he was a professor at Albright for 34 years, teaching sociology and anthropology.

But the area where he earned the most renown was as a baseball historian.

“He truly loved researching baseball, among other things,” said his son, Dave. “He loved teaching, too. He would be up there after lunch; he’d be up there all afternoon smoking his pipe in his den, putting together articles or working on his book, just researching baseball and loving the hell out of it.

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Originally published: January 26, 2016. Last Updated: January 26, 2016.