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Former Cardinals coach Dave Ricketts dead @ 73

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    Longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach Dave Ricketts, who played on their 1967 World Series championship team, died early Sunday. He was 73.

    Ricketts' family informed the Cardinals, who were playing in Pittsburgh, of his death. He had been battling cancer while living in St. Louis.

    Ricketts was a reserve catcher, who played sparingly for the Cardinals in 1963, '65 and '67-69. He was traded to the Pirates in 1970, his final season in the majors. He played 130 major league games and hit .249 with one home run.

    He became a coach for the Pirates in 1971. He had two stints as a Cardinals coach, first from 1974-75, then from 1978-91. He was also a minor league instructor for the team.

    "Sometimes the word great is overused, and it's a shame," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said before St. Louis played the Pirates. "There have been some truly great Cardinals that have come through our organization, but I don't know anybody who was as great or more beloved than Dave Ricketts. I put him in the George Kissell category, or Red Schoendienst, as far as ... the fondness that they (people in the organization) feel for him."

    Ricketts played college basketball at Duquesne, averaging 17.9 points and shooting 86.2 percent from the free throw line in 1956-57. As a sophomore, he played on Duquesne's 1955 NIT championship team.

    His brother, Dick Ricketts, also played baseball and basketball. He pitched briefly for the Cardinals and played three seasons in the NBA. He died in 1988.

    Sad news.


  • #2
    Wow... I heard this earlier today and surprised it wasn't already posted.

    RIP Dave.

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    • #3
      Sad news. RIP
      RIP Dave


      • #4
        I remember getting his autograph back in the 60's.
        Make America Great For Once.


        • #5
          Hall of Fame goalie coach IMO.
          From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

          For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.

          I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

          The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.