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Paul Dade, Doug Griffin and Bobby Smith, former Angels players, pass away

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  • Paul Dade, Doug Griffin and Bobby Smith, former Angels players, pass away

    Paul Dade, one an Angels first round draft pick, played for the club in 1975 and 1976, hitting .179 in 39 at-bats. He died August 31 at 64.

    Major League Baseball Player. For six seasons (1975 to 1980), he played at the outfielder and third baseman positions with the California Angels, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. Born Lonnie Paul Dade, he attended Nathan Hale High School in Washington, prior to being selected by the Angels during the 1st round of the 1970 Amateur Draft. He made his Major League debut with California as a late season call up on September 12, 1975 and played in 11 games that year. After he was signed by Cleveland as a free agent, he saw his playing time increase and in 1977, he earned the starting right field spot. That same season (1977), he produced a career-high 134 hits, with a stellar .291 batting average. He split time between Cleveland and San Diego during the 1979 season and yielded a career-high 25 stolen bases. After his Major League career, he extended his playing career in Japan. Following his retirement from baseball, he worked at a box company.
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    Doug Griffin played for the Angels in 1970, hitting .127 in 55 at-bats. He was more well-known during his time in Boston. He died July 27 at 69.

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former Red Sox second baseman Doug Griffin, a Gold Glove winner whose career was cut short after being hit in the head by a pitch from Nolan Ryan, died on Wednesday. He was 69.

    Griffin, the team said, died after a long illness in Clovis, Calif.
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    Bobby Smith played for the Angels in 1965, hitting .228 in 57 at-bats. He died November 24, 2015 at 81.

    Hood River native Bobby Gene Smith, 81, passed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at home. Bob was born in Hood River on May 28, 1934, to Henry and Grace Smith. He is survived by his sisters Frances and Betty of Hood River; brother Frank of Vancouver, Wash.; his four children: Michael Smith, of The Dallas, Ore., David Smith, of Dallas, Texas, Vicki Kissler Smith, of Seattle, Wash., and Mark Owens, of Tacoma, Wash.; and his twin grandsons, Josh and Tony, of Tacoma.

    After graduation, Bob went into Major League Baseball and played for 17 years. From there he went to work for the city of Tacoma, Wash., until his retirement.
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