Paw Paw in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Charles R. Maxwell
Dedicated in honor to the life of Charles R. Maxwell
Born in Lawton, MI April 8, 1927. Charlie was the youngest of four children of Tom and Isa Maxwell. He graduated from Lawton High School and received a baseball scholarship from Western Michigan University. After serving in the U.S. Army, he played in the minor leagues in Wellsville, NY, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, and Roanoke, VA, where he met his wife Ann. They moved to Paw Paw to raise their children, Richard, Jeffrey, Cindy and Kelle. As an outfielder Charlie made his major league debut on Sept. 20, 1950 with the Boston Red Sox. He remained in the AL later playing with Baltimore, Detroit and Chicago. As a fan favorite, while with the Tigers he became known as "Ol' Paw Paw". Inducted into the state of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
14-year career totals from 1950-1952 and 1954-1964
G 1133 AB 3245 R 478 H 856 HR 148
RBI 532 AVG .264 FA .988
Led AL outfielders in fielding 1957 and 1960, and committed only 25 lifetime errors.
Two-time American League All Star with Detroit, 1956 and 1957.
Tied major league record with four consecutive home runs in a Sunday double header against the New York
Location. 42° 13.078′ N, 85° 53.649′ W. Marker is in Paw Paw, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on W. Michigan Avenue 0.1 miles west of Gremps Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Maple Lake Park near the south shore of Maple Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Paw Paw MI 49079, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Killefer Jr. / Wade Killefer (a few steps from this marker); Territorial Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Paw Paw Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Van Buren County / Van Buren County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Warner Wine Haus (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mark's Church / The Reverend Darius Barker (approx. half a mile away); Lawton Civil War Monument (approx. 4 miles away); Houppert Winery (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paw Paw.
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