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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Ebay Pickup For The 87 Set - Tom Waddell
The comments on the post on Facebook indicate that Waddell was a great guy. It is a shame that I wasn't able to write him while he was alive. Life is really short. He suffered a heart attack just days shy of his 61st birthday.
Waddell (b. 9/17/58 - d. 9/14/19) passed away on my birthday, actually. He was born in the UK, which, according to baseball-reference.com, he is one of 49 players to hail from the UK. He played in the majors in 1984, 1985 and 1987, all for the Indians. He had a record of 15-11 with 118 strike outs and a 4.30 ERA.
Waddell was a promising pitcher in college, whose career was derailed due to arm injuries. By 1979, he was a clothing salesman in New York, and was playing for a semi-pro softball team. He was informed of a tryout with the Braves, and impressed their scout enough that he was signed. The scout? Hank Aaron.
Waddell's journey to the majors would make for an interesting movie.