Thomas Ray McBride
from Ruth Walsh
Wichita Times Recorder, Sunday, December 30, 2001
THOMAS RAY "Tom" McBRIDE
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
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
Wolfe City High School where he lettered all four years in baseball,
basketball, football and track. He attended Austin College
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
Washington Senators. He played in the outfield with Ted Williams
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.
time in the major league, his lifetime batting average was .287
his minor league career, it was .316. He was tied with several
for the most RBIs in an inning until that record was broken during
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.
1942, he began officiating football all for both high school and
He refereed 32 years ending in 1974 with the Wichita Falls High
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
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
years under the direction of the late Dr. D. Neil Darnell.
he was assistant baseball coach at Midwestern State University while
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
Huddleston and husband, Bill, all of Wichita Falls; grandchildren,
Cowan, Scott and husband, Cory of Winston-Salem, N.C., Cecil Ray
Cowan of Austin, Patrick Crawford Fitzsimmons and wife, Angela of
Texas, and Rebecca Michelle Collins and husband, Clint, Chadwick
Cowan, Candace Ann Cowan and Jody Ann Cox, all of Wichita Falls;
great-grandchildren. Taylor Baylee, Cotton, Dylan, Cole, Camryn
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
Pallbearers will be: Rick Brown, Daryl Frazier, Rick
Loesch, Brad Lang,
Steve Moody, Wendell Carroll, Sam Wellborn, Jerry Johnson and Kerry
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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