November 13, 1947 |
Salt Lake City, Utah
|April 14, 1973, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1974, for the New York Mets|
George Basil Theodore (born November 13, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a retired Major League Baseball player. Nicknamed "The Stork," the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 190 lb (86 kg) Theodore played outfield for the New York Mets in 1973 and 1974. He is probably best remembered for a brutal outfield collision with Don Hahn in a game against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in 1973, in which Theodore dislocated his hip.
He is also remembered for his offbeat personality and idiosyncratic interviews. For example, he once remarked, "I've been trying transcendental meditation, and that helps me be passive and wait on the curve. I've got to find something else to hit the slider."
After his baseball career, Theodore returned to Utah, got a master's degree in social work, and worked for 38 years as a counselor to elementary school students. In 2016, South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce named him Educator of the Year.
On September 28, 2008, Theodore returned to Shea Stadium for the stadium's closing ceremony. To this date, he is recognized as the only player in Mets history who was born in the state of Utah.
- Zervos, D. (1998) Baseball's Golden Greeks Aegean Books International, pp.247-8
- About Utah: A champion on and off the field. Deseret News. Retrieved on July 21, 2016.
- 39 MLB players born in Utah. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on July 21, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet, or Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League)
|This biographical article relating to an American baseball outfielder is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This Utah biographical article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|