The German Confederation was the association of Central European states created by the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to serve as the successor to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation , which had been abolished in 1806. The dispute between the two dominant member states of the confederation, Austria and Prussia , over which of the two had the inherent right to rule German lands ended in favor of Prussia after the Austro-Prussian War in 1866, and the collapse of the confederation. This resulted in the creation of the North German Confederation , with a number of south German states remaining independent, although allied first with Austria (until 1867) and subsequently with Prussia (until 1871), after which they became a part of the new nation of Germany .
In his last days, Bender remained close friends with Athletics coach Bing Miller , who used to bring Bender a container of ice cream almost every day. Bender was hospitalized in Philadelphia in mid-April 1954. He died there on May 22, 1954 of prostate cancer . He had also been suffering from cardiac problems.  While he had been hospitalized, Bender sent Marie to Shibe Park for each home game so that she could report back to him on his team's pitching. Bender was buried in the Philadelphia suburb of Roslyn, Pennsylvania . 
Made 26 appearances with 23 starts for High-A Charlotte, going 7-13 with a ERA ( IP, 55 ER)…Walked 29 batters with 104 strikeouts, tied for sixth-most in the Florida State League…Went 2-2 with a ERA ( IP, 2 ER) in five appearances, four starts, in May, including a seven inning, two-hit shutout vs. Tampa, May 22…Made consecutive relief appearances April 30 and May 5 and a third Aug. 5, going 0-1 with a ERA ( IP, 3 ER) … surrendered all three earned runs over four innings in his first relief appearance, April 30 at Fort Myers…Pitched six or more innings 12 times, recording a quality start in all 12 outings … pitched seven or more innings five times, eight innings once.