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Gary Geiger
Birth: Apr. 4, 1937
Sand Ridge
Jackson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1996
Murphysboro
Jackson County
Illinois, USA

Major League Baseball Player. He broke American League records for putouts (15) and chances handled (16) by a center fielder in a doubleheader on July 4, 1963, but both marks were later surpassed by Minnesota's Lyman Bostock on May 25, 1977. The slender 6-foot, 170-pound left-handed batter broke in with the Cleveland Indians in 1958 after being drafted from the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. He hit .231 in 91 games for the Indians and was traded with outfielder Vic Wertz to the Boston Red Sox on December 2, 1958 for outfielder Jim Piersall. He batted .245 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs in 120 games in 1959. The following year he was on the disabled list with a collapsed lung from July 8 through the end of the season. In 1961 he hit just .232 but had career highs of 21 doubles, 18 homers and 64 RBIs. The following season he batted .249 with 18 doubles, 16 homers and 54 RBIs. After hitting .263 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs in 1963, he never again played regularly. He was placed on the voluntarily retired list on May 13, 1964 because of stomach disorders. Then he was on the disabled list from June 7 to September 8, 1965 after breaking bones in a hand attempting to make a shoestring catch. He was drafted by Atlanta from the Red Sox's Toronto affiliate on November 29, 1965. He was a backup outfielder for the Braves in 1966 and 1967 and was released on February 14, 1968. The Cardinals signed him on April 6, 1968, and he played for Tulsa of the Pacific Coast League that year, hitting .286 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs. He was drafted by Houston on December 2, 1968 and finished his carer with the Astros in 1969 and 1970. He wound up back in the Cardinals' system in 1971, playing for Tulsa of the American Association. He made a spectacular catch to help preserve Fred Norman's 4-0 no-hitter against Indianapolis at Bush Stadium on June 5, 1971. He also replaced Warren Spahn as manager for the rest of the season.  (bio by: Ron Coons) 
 
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Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
Murphysboro
Jackson County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 24, 2006
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