Timmerman was Tigers oldest living football player

BILL MARTIN

When it came to sports he was ageless. At the time of life that most people had long ago hung up their cleats, he was still out there, banging away.

Bailey Timmerman wore the moniker as Rockdale’s oldest living football player with pride.

He still possessed his 70-year old and perfectly preserved RHS lettermen’s jacket and proudly displayed it.

As he was fond of saying, “I’m a Tiger first, an Aggie second.”

Featured in the Reporter’s 2007 Gridiron football tab, Timmerman had a unique story to tell.

Timmerman grew up in the Gay Hill community and running loose in the cow pastures and cotton patches provided him with a thirst for competition that lasted long after he graduated from Rockdale High School in 1932.

Nicknamed “Bot” (an acronym for Bailey O. Timmerman) the lanky 6-foot-3, 165-pounder played all sports at RHS when participating in athletics was truly an extracurricular activity.


BAILEY TIMMERMAN 1911-2011 BAILEY TIMMERMAN 1911-2011 Most kids were looking for a job or lending a hand on the family farm.

It cost 50 cents to get in a Tiger football game in 1932 and games were played Friday afternoon at Fair Park.

The basketball team played at the city hall indoor court.

There were no Friday night lights.

He did participate in Rockdale’s first-ever night game, when the Tigers travelled to Hearne to kickoff the 1931 season.

The versatile player performed well enough to be named to the Austin American Statesman’s All-Centex football team.

In track he ran the 440 dash and 120 hurdles and threw the shot put, discus and javelin.

He was the captain of both the track and baseball teams.

After graduating from RHS (fifth out of 53), Timmerman attended Allen Academy and then it was off to Texas A&M, where he continued to try his hand in athletics.

He lettered in baseball and played on the 1937 Southwest Conference championship team.

He also played football for the Aggies when they won their only national championship in 1939.

His love affair with sports did not end with his graduation from Texas A&M.

He played minor league baseball in the East Texas League. He also played football, baseball and basketball in the industrial leagues for several years.

He worked for Hughes Tools for 40 years.

At ages 44 and 45, he helped the Mechanics Uniform Supply baseball team win the semipro national championships in 1954 and ‘55.

“He was not the best player at any one position,” said his son Terry, “but he could play any position, and did.”

He continued to play and coach until his early 50s.

Timmerman passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday at his home in Houston. He was 99.

Slightly rearranging one of his favorite sayings, it would be appropriate to say, we haven’t lost him, he just ran out of innings.


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