Lindy McDaniel, Ace Reliever for Mediocre Teams, dies at 84

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Lindy McDaniel, who for 21 years played in major leagues and became one of the most dependable teams in baseball despite the modest teams he mostly worked for, died in Carrollton, Texas. He was 84 years old.

His wife, Nancy McDaniel, said he passed away in an urgent care center Saturday night or Sunday morning. She did not specify a cause but said he had recently contracted Covid-19.

McDaniel was a skinny right-handed man who generally relied on breaking things, introduced a total of five teams in both tournaments – his longest streak being with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Yankees – and succeeded out of the game as a taller and closer man in an era before the major was thrown up.

He was only 19 years old when he started his career with the Cardinal in 1955, and by 1957 he was at the start of the tournament, winning 15 matches as a cover shot with a side weapon delivered to three-quarters. In June of that year, his 18-year-old brother Vaughn made his debut with the team, locking down the Brooklyn Dodgers in two hits in their debut and then hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates a few weeks later.

St. Louis fans were excited about the possibility of the two brothers being at the top of the tournament, and comparisons were drawn with the two former co-stars, Paul and Daisy Dean. Life magazine declared them “The Amazing McDaniel Boys”. But things did not turn out this way. Von McDaniel’s star fell As fast as it rose, it was out of the big business forever in less than a year. (IPhone Die Heart attack in 1995 at 56.)

As for Lindy, his success as a rookie was also short lived. The Cardinals’ manager, Solly Himos, sent him in May 1959 to the Bull Center, where he began throwing the ball. The change in movement also changed his career.

McDaniel led the National League with 16 saves in 1959 and 27 in 1960, when he played for the All-Star team. Sporting News called him the best baseball loyal. During the last 16 seasons, he has only started 15 times.

McDaniel told Arthur Daley of The New York Times in 1961: “When I threw a sidecar move, I just didn’t have the speed to hit the paddles whenever I was in jams,” adding, “As a sidecar guy, I had weight, bend and slider. I have a fast ball curve, curve, fork and change. “

McDaniel traded to the Chicago Cubs after the 1962 season and spent an incredible year with them, winning 13 games and saving 22, again the highest level in the league. Another good season was his first with the San Francisco Giants, in 1966, when he won 10 matches with IRA 2.66; At one point 20 inn threw consecutive roles devoid of goals.

McDaniel started a six-season spell with the Yankees in 1968, which is a lame stretch for the team as stars from their glory years in the 1950s and early 1960s, like Mickey Mantell, were fading away. In his final season in the Bronx, at the age of 37, McDaniel went 12-6 and went down 160 runs (including three starts in 47 matches) with an ERA of 2.86 for a team that finished under 0.500. He ended his career playing for the Kansas City Royals for two seasons.

His career has involved some exceptional curiosities and things. On May 10, 1959, he played for the Cardinal in both matches with two heads against the Cubs. He was the losing shooter in the first match and the winner in the second while Elmer Singleton of the Cubs won the first match and lost the second, a coincidence that, according to, happened only twice before.

Introduced the modest Yankees in August 1968, and retired 32 straight hitters over the course of four matches. In the same year, he gave seven perfect rounds – from nine to fifteen – In 19 matches That ended in a draw against 1st place (and eventual world champion) the Detroit Tigers.

Finally, McDaniel was 141-119 with 174 saves in 987 matches. Only five times in 21 seasons his team finished second. He never played in postseason.

Lindall Dale McDaniel was born in Hollis, Oklahoma on December 13, 1935. His parents, Newell and Ada May (Burke) McDaniel, were fiercely observant Christians, and his mother, in particular, needed a great deal of persuasion before allowing her son to play professional baseball.

McDaniel, a multi-sport athlete, enrolled at the University of Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship before signing with the Cardinals for $ 50,000 (about $ 485,000 in today’s money) as an extra child, a designation for amateur players who signed big contracts and were required to be placed on the major league roster instead From being sent to smaller tournaments. (The child reward rule was in effect from 1947-1965.)

During his baseball career, he studied for service at Abilene Christian University in Texas and Florida Christian University, and eventually was painted by the Church of Christ. He preached at several congregations during and after his career, publishing a newsletter for many years (later a blog), “Masters promotion,” Reflections on religion and baseball. Recently it was older than Lavon Christ Church, A group of 50 members in Texas 35 miles northeast of Dallas.

McDaniel had previously married Audrey Kuhn in 1957 and had three children with her, Dale, Kathy and Jonathan. In addition to his wife and children, among the survivors were many great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In a 2014 entry on his blog, McDaniel mentioned the highlights of his career. On June 6, 1963, with the Giants visiting Chicago, he was knocked out of the Cubs’ game in the tenth game of a draw with the rules loaded and one of them loaded and immediately picked Willie Mace from second base. The giant catch then hit Ed Bailey to end the game. As the batting was at the bottom of the 10th inning, McDaniel hit the ball over the central field fence – one of the three runs he had ever hit – to win the match, and lift the Cubs to the first-place match with San Francisco.

He wrote, “It wasn’t a bad day at work at Regley Field, as Ernie Banks calls it.” “For a brief moment everything was a joy in the land of Chicago.”

Alex Troup contributed to the reporting.

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