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Richard T. (Dick) GETTER
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In memory of
Richard T. (Dick) GETTER
GETTER, Richard (Dick) T. Oct. 28, 1928 - Aug. 24, 2019 Richard (Dick) T. Getter passed away from natural causes on August 24, 2019. He was 90 years young. Dick is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan, three children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dick grew up in Bethlehem, PA, where he left home at 18, signing a professional baseball contract with the New York Giants. Dick played pro baseball for 14 seasons. He fortunately landed in Dallas in 1955 where he played for the Dallas Eagles and Dallas Rangers until 1959 at Burnett Field, just south of downtown. During his career he was named to several All-Star teams, played in Cuba before the revolution, and is the only man ever to strike out Mickey Mantle and hit a double off Satchel Paige. Dick played for the Giants, Indians, Yankees, and Cubs organizations. In 1958 he was voted by the Dallas fans as the Most Popular Player. For this honor he was awarded a shotgun and $25 to Big Dave's Pawn Shop. Dick's greatest accomplishment was marrying, Joan Haney of Iola, Kansas. They were married at home plate in Zanesville, Ohio in 1950. Upon retirement from baseball, he remained involved with various Dallas youth baseball leagues. Dick coached most of his sons' baseball teams, destroying virtually all comers. He founded the "Showcase" for high school players in association with the Texas Rangers. Several participants received college scholarships and some went on to professional careers. In 1983, Dick was an early inductee into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame with Rogers Hornsby, Hank Greenberg, and Bobby Brown. Following his retirement from baseball, Dick started a recycling business in Dallas long before recycling was "cool." He sold his business in 1991 and retired. He continued his involvement in recycling as a director and founding shareholder of Balcones Resources. Dick and Joan traveled the country in their palatial RV, often in caravans of 80 or more, and we apologize for their incursions into your state. Dick was an avid golfer and played with a group of grumpy old men at Brookhaven Country Club. He drank Natural Light Beer. Dick and his wife Joan never missed a televised Rangers game and have been profoundly disappointed with the club since Nolan Ryan's departure from the front office. Dick wrote several (as yet unanswered) letters to Josh Hamilton during one of his many slumps in an attempt to fix his swing and mental approach. Dick was a member of Northwest Bible Church and loved his family and worked tirelessly for their benefit. In lieu of flowers or other acknowledgements, please consider a donation to RBI Austin at www.rbiaustin.org/give . Please state "In Memory of Richard Getter." RBI is a non-profit organization providing baseball and softball leagues, clinics, and faith-based mentoring to underserved youth and communities. There will be a celebration of Dick's life announced by his family at a later date.
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In memory of
Richard T. (Dick) GETTER
GETTER, Richard (Dick) T. Oct. 28, 1928 - Aug. 24, 2019 Richard (Dick) T. Getter passed away from natural causes on August 24, 2019. He was 90 years young. Dick is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan, three children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dick grew up in Bethlehem, PA, where he left home at 18, signing a professional baseball contract with the New York Giants. Dick played pro baseball for 14 seasons. He fortunately landed in Dallas in 1955 where he played for the Dallas Eagles and Dallas Rangers until 1959 at Burnett Field, just south of downtown. During his career he was named to several All-Star teams, played in Cuba before the revolution, and is the only man ever to strike out Mickey Mantle and hit a double off Satchel Paige. Dick played for the Giants, Indians, Yankees, and Cubs organizations. In 1958 he was voted by the Dallas fans as the Most Popular Player. For this honor he was awarded a shotgun and $25 to Big Dave's Pawn Shop. Dick's greatest accomplishment was marrying, Joan Haney of Iola, Kansas. They were married at home plate in Zanesville, Ohio in 1950. Upon retirement from baseball, he remained involved with various Dallas youth baseball leagues. Dick coached most of his sons' baseball teams, destroying virtually all comers. He founded the "Showcase" for high school players in association with the Texas Rangers. Several participants received college scholarships and some went on to professional careers. In 1983, Dick was an early inductee into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame with Rogers Hornsby, Hank Greenberg, and Bobby Brown. Following his retirement from baseball, Dick started a recycling business in Dallas long before recycling was "cool." He sold his business in 1991 and retired. He continued his involvement in recycling as a director and founding shareholder of Balcones Resources. Dick and Joan traveled the country in their palatial RV, often in caravans of 80 or more, and we apologize for their incursions into your state. Dick was an avid golfer and played with a group of grumpy old men at Brookhaven Country Club. He drank Natural Light Beer. Dick and his wife Joan never missed a televised Rangers game and have been profoundly disappointed with the club since Nolan Ryan's departure from the front office. Dick wrote several (as yet unanswered) letters to Josh Hamilton during one of his many slumps in an attempt to fix his swing and mental approach. Dick was a member of Northwest Bible Church and loved his family and worked tirelessly for their benefit. In lieu of flowers or other acknowledgements, please consider a donation to RBI Austin at www.rbiaustin.org/give . Please state "In Memory of Richard Getter." RBI is a non-profit organization providing baseball and softball leagues, clinics, and faith-based mentoring to underserved youth and communities. There will be a celebration of Dick's life announced by his family at a later date.
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