Ted Uhlaender

  • Born: October 21, 1940
  • Died: February 12, 2009
  • Location: Atwood, Kansas

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In this June 20, 2001 file photo, Cleveland Indians first base coach Ted Uhlaender, left, gives umpire an ear full after being ejected for arguing in a game against the Minnesota Twins in Cleveland. Uhlaender, a former major league outfielder, coach and scout , died Thursday, Feb. 12,2009.

Former major league outfielder dies at 68

Atwood, Kan. - Ted Uhlaender, a former major league outfielder whose daughter races for the U.S. skeleton team and is eyeing her second Olympic berth, died Thursday. He was 68.

Uhlaender died after a heart attack, the San Francisco Giants said. He had worked as a scout for the team since 2002, and was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer last year.

He spoke with his daughter, Katie Uhlaender, by phone Thursday morning, shortly before she ended the World Cup skeleton sliding season with a silver medal in Park City, Utah. On the awards podium following the race, Katie Uhlaender said she raced that day to give her family a needed emotional boost. She didn't know her father had already died.

Ted Uhlaender started out with the Twins, joining them too late in the 1965 season to be eligible for the World Series that October. He played five years on a team more noted for big hitters such as Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva.

Uhlaender was traded with Graig Nettles and Dean Chance to Cleveland in a package for Luis Tiant after the 1969 season. He was traded to Cincinnati for his final year, and ended his career with a pinch-hitting appearance in a Game 7 loss to Oakland in the 1972 World Series.

In later years, he worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. He spent two years with the Giants, became Cleveland's first base coach in 2000-01 and then returned to San Francisco.