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Thomas Ray McBride

from Ruth Walsh
Wichita Times Recorder, Sunday, December 30, 2001
   Thomas Ray "Tom" McBride, 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at Grace Care Center in Wichita Falls.
   Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 201, at Colonial
Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, with Dr. Landrum P. Leavell
officiating.  Burial will be private in Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman,
Texas, on Wednesday under the direction of Owens & Brumley funeral Home.
   Tom was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Randolph, Texas, the only son of the late
Elmer Elec "E.E." McBride and Era Josephine Blanton.  He graduated from
Wolfe City High School where he lettered all four years in baseball,
basketball, football and track.  He attended Austin College in Sherman,
Texas.  On April 17, 1936, he married Evelyn "Francis" Phares at the First
Baptist Church in Sherman, Texas.  Tom played semi-pro and pro-ball for 20
years, six years in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox and the
Washington Senators.  He played in the outfield with Ted Williams and Dom
DiMaggio in the 1946 World Series.  The Boston Red Sox took the St. Louis
Cardinals to a game seven with the cardinals winning the series.  During his
time in the major league, his lifetime batting average was .287 and during
his minor league career, it was .316.  He was tied with several other men
for the most RBIs in an inning until that record was broken during the 2001
season.  He still holds the most put-outs in a nine-inning game by an
outfielder with 12.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he is
the only man to have made the first and last outs in a World Series.  In
1942, he began officiating football all for both high school and college.
He refereed 32 years ending in 1974 with the Wichita Falls High vs. Rider
game.  The family moved to Sinton, Texas April 1, 1950, where he played for
the Plymouth Oilers and taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church for
nine years.  Then the family moved to Wichita Falls on Aug. 18, 1969.  They
joined the First Baptist Church where Tom sang in the choir for several
years under the direction of the late Dr. D. Neil Darnell.  From 1979-1982,
he was assistant baseball coach at Midwestern State University while Dr.
Mark Benedetto was head coach.  He worked for District Attorney Barry Macha from 1988-1990.
   Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Francis, a son Michael Thomas
McBride and wife Marsha; daughter, Patricia Jane Cowan and Sarah Francis
Huddleston and husband, Bill, all of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Cara
Cowan, Scott and husband, Cory of Winston-Salem, N.C., Cecil Ray "Trey"
Cowan of Austin, Patrick Crawford Fitzsimmons and wife, Angela of Sherman,
Texas, and Rebecca Michelle Collins and husband, Clint,  Chadwick Thomas
Cowan, Candace Ann Cowan and Jody Ann Cox, all of Wichita Falls; seven
great-grandchildren.  Taylor Baylee, Cotton, Dylan, Cole, Camryn and Coby.
   Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at
Owens & Brumley funeral Home.
   Memorial may be made to the building funds of both First Baptist Church
and Colonial Baptist Church and to the YMCA Little League Baseball Program.
   Pallbearers will be: Rick Brown, Daryl Frazier, Rick Loesch, Brad Lang,
Steve Moody, Wendell Carroll, Sam Wellborn, Jerry Johnson and Kerry
        (Researcher's note:  Tom McBride was the grandson of Marion T.
Blanton and Josephine N. Argenia Mathis/Mathews.  He was the g-grandson of Rev. Benjamin F. Blanton and Sarah L. Boone of Blanton's Chapel in Fannin Co., TX.  His maternal g-grandparents were Jasper Mathis --whose name "real" name possibly might have been Jasper Mathews - and Elizabeth "Mollie" Aldridge)

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