Elias G. (Ping) Purdy, 87 a retired civilian employe of the Navy Department who was a baseball player and umpire in this area for many years, died of cardiac arrest Friday in a hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Purdy was a native of Annapolis and served in the Navy during World War I. Before that he had played baseball for teams in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont leagues, and briefly, for the old Washington Senators.
As a minor league shortstop, Mr. Purdy was said to have reeled off three unassisted triple plays.
After his playing days, he remained active in baseball as a member of the Umpire's Association in Washington. He officiated at games at local universities and the Naval Academy, and for the Marines at Quantico until the 1940s.
He was a civilian administrative officer in the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from the 1920s until retiring in 1951.
Mr. Purdy was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Washington.
Following the death of his wife, Hazel, in 1969, Mr. Purdy divided his time between Georgia and New Jersey.
He is survived by a daughter, Jean Murry of Atlanta; a son, Robert G. of Morrestown, N.J.; two sisters, Margaret Nichols and Agnes Leathermen of California; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.