Baltimore Orioles coach Elrod Hendricks died of a heart attack just one day shy of his 65th birthday – a birth date he shared with his friend, Sylvia Badger, my mother.
This coming Saturday, the 22nd would have been his 67th birthday and my Mom will celebrate her 70th.
For those who don’t know, Elrod was a catcher in the Big Leauges from 1969 to 1979, mostly with the Orioles. He was the starting catcher for the O’s when they won the World Series from ’69 – ’71.
When he retired as a player, he became a coach for the Orioles and was the bullpen coach for 28 years. In all, Elrod Hendricks made more appearances in an Orioles uniform than any other man in club history.
He didn’t keep a low profile either. He was the unofficial ambassador for the O’s, making frequent appearances at youth baseball functions all over the area. It’s often said of those who pass away that "he was loved by everyone". In Elrod’s case, that was the literal truth.
On December 22nd, I will give my MOM the birthday celebration she so deserves…….
WHEN ARE THE ORIOLES gonna give " Ellie" the same luxury and HONOR he , his family, and Elrod’s FANS deserve!?!