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  • Grady Hatton, Bob Smith and Fred Whitfield, former Cardinals players, pass away

    Grady Hatton played for the Cardinals in 1956, one of three teams he played for that year. Despite hitting only .247, he had a noteworthy .360 on-base percentage, as he walked 13 times, with only seven strikeouts.

    Grady Hatton Jr., a Beaumont-native, major league baseball player and manager of the Houston Astros, died Thursday morning from causes relating to cancer, his daughter-in-law said.

    Hatton was born in Beaumont and played in the majors from 1946-60 after attending the University of Texas-Austin. He made his major league debut on April 16, 1946 as a 23-year-old second baseman with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1952, he was named a National League All-Star.
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    http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/ne...#ixzz2QFWjYwq6

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    Relief pitcher Bob Smith appeared in six games for the Cardinals in 1957 and struck out 11 batters in 9.2 innings. The defense behind him was a little shaky - he allowed five unearned runs.

    Aiken, S.C. - Robert Gilchrist Smith, 83, formerly of Bath and Woodsville, N.H., died Monday, April 1, 2013, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

    He was born in Haverhill, N.H., Feb. 1, 1930, the son of Henry and Hazel (Beattie) Smith and graduated from Woodsville High School, Class of 1948.

    Bob was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and made his Major League debut as a pitcher with the Red Sox on April 29, 1955. He later pitched for the Cardinals, Pirates and Tigers. Following his playing career, Bob worked as a purchasing manager for Georgia Pacific.
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    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/uni...13#fbLoggedOut

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    Fred Whitfield began his major league career with the Cardinals in 1962 and performed pretty well as a backup player, hitting .266 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in only 158 at-bats.

    Fred Dwight Whitfield Sr., of Vandiver, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 31, 2013, at the age of 75.
    He is survived by his wife, Helen Leverton Whitfield; one daughter, Tammy Acre (Mike); five sons, Fred Whitfield Jr. (Lynn), Teddy Whitfield (Debbie), Jeff Whitfield (Jan), Max Whitfield (Tracy), Derek Whitfield (Tammy); and granddaughter by birth, daughter by choice, Cherie Bailey; as well as a host of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joy Wear.

    Fred enjoyed a 13-year professional baseball career and retired from Anderson Electric. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed playing bluegrass and gospel music on his guitar.
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    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gad...98#fbLoggedOut

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