Fred E. McAlister, age 80 loving husband, father, friend and teammate passed away on Nov. 23 2008 at his home in Katy
with his wife by his bedside.
He was born on March 1, 1928 in Lynchburg, Va. to parents Grace and Fred E. McAlister.
He is survived by wife, Patty Neal Hunter McAlister of the Katy home, 3 daughters, Kathy Stewart , Kelly Crawfort,
Kara Wilson and his 3 step-children, Brenda Martin, Lori Moore and Bobby Hunter. McAlister was the grandfather of 11 and the great grandfather of 3. He is also
survived by sisters, Betty Bomar and Lou Deacon of Lynchburg, Va.
He is preceded in death by sister Connie Manin, a brother Mickey and both parents.
The McAlisters are members of First Baptist Church of Katy. McAlister attended school in Lynchburg and was employed
by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization at the age of 17 in 1945.
He was employed for 63 years by the Cardinals until the time of his death. His only break from this employment was
his active duty enlistment in the US Navy in 1946 for two years.
McAlister served the St. Louis team in nearly every capacity from player to Scouting Director.
His achievements and accolades have been numerous during his six decades of baseball. In a 1988 Sports Illustrated
story, the Cardinal General Manager Dal Maxvell called McAlister “the most valuable person in the Cardinal organization.” USA Today is quoted as saying
“Legendary Scouting Director Fred McAlister a little known source of so much of the franchise’s success.”
In 1994, Walt Jocketty, then General Manager of the Cardinals, named their annual scouting award given to the teams
best scout the “Fred McAlister Award.”
In 1997 he was chosen Midwest Scout of the Year by the National League Scout of the Year Foundation for his
“excellence in scouting, years of service and professionalism in the performance of his job.”
Lynchburg, Va. honored McAlister in 1998 with his induction in the Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame. Texas honored
McAlister in 2001 with his inclusion into the Texas Scouts Hall of Fame in Dallas.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the St. Louis Cardinals organization for their expressions of
sympathy and support.
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston
with a Remembrance Memorial beginning at 6 p.m.
Funeral Services was on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Katy, 600 Pin Oak Road. Charles
Wisdom officated. Internment followed at Katy Magnolia Cemetery.
Join us in celebrating Freddie by visiting our memorial at www.mem.com. Please
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Posted by Joy Neely