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Buddy Lively, Dave Calaway and Phil Noto, former Reds figures, pass away

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  • Buddy Lively, Dave Calaway and Phil Noto, former Reds figures, pass away

    90-year-old Buddy Lively pitched for the Reds from 1947 to 1949, going 8-13 with a 4.16 ERA. He also won 73 games in the minor leagues.

    Everett Adrian “Buddy” Lively, whose fastball took him out of a farm in rural Gardendale, Ala., and into the Major Leagues, died on Sunday, July 12. He was 90.

    A visitation will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala., on Thursday, July 16 at noon followed by the service at 1 p.m.

    Born February 14, 1925 in Birmingham, Ala., Lively’s pitching arm was strengthen and trained as a child by his father, Jack Lively, who had pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1911. Buddy Lively signed his first baseball contract in 1941 at the age of 16. His fastball got him a spot on the Birmingham Barons, a farm club in the Southern Association owned by the Cincinnati Reds.

    He entered military service with the Army in 1944 and was transported to Europe on the Queen Mary on December 17, 1944. He arrived in Glasgow, Scotland and soon crossed the Channel to France. Lively, as part of the 597th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, advanced through France, Belgium and Holland with General Patton’s Third Army. His three-gun battery was subsequently assigned to the British 2nd Army and as a result Lively missed the Battle of the Bulge.

    He returned from military service in 1946 and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds for $5,000. In 1949, he had an operation to address a shoulder injury. He never returned to the majors. He finished his career in the International League in 1955 at the age of 30. In 1960 he went to work for NASA where he worked until retiring in 1984.
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    Dave Calaway scouted for the Reds. He signed Tracy Jones and Kurt Stillwell. He died in 2013, but his death was not reported here.

    David Lee Calaway, who did not like his middle name, was born in Bunkie,Louisiana on July 10, 1941, to D.G.and Lottie Smith Calaway. ...

    He worked as a professional baseball scout spotting exceptional players for the Philadelphia Phillies and the the Cincinnati Reds.
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    Phil Noto died in February 2013, but I didn't even learn about his passing until this year. He scouted for the Reds as well.

    Phillip Charles Noto, 86, passed away February 24, 2013. ...

    Phillip was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a founding member of The Roma Country Club, an avid golfer and a 40+ year member of Hoover County Club. After serving his country in the Army, he played professional baseball and became a trusted scout and mentor for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. After a long and successful career in the steel industry, Phillip retired at the age of 80.
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