The 6'2" righthander threw with a submarine delivery that was hard for many batters to pick up. Auker developed the delivery after suffering an arm injury playing football at Kansas State University.
I heard Auker speak at the 2000 SABR Convention at West Palm Beach. I was impressed that a man nearing 90 years of age at the time was in such great shape. He looked like he had just walked off of a golf course and had shot under his age.
Auker is survived by his wife Mildred, to whom he was married to for 73 years, and a son, Jim.