Left to Right in Photo Bill Virdon, Harry Elliott, Rip Repulski, Wally Moon and Stan Musial
Harry Lewis Elliott-Obituary
Harry Lewis Elliott, 89, died Friday, August 9, 2013 at Sandstones Heights Nursing Home, in Little River, Kansas.
He was born December 30, 1923 in San Francisco, California
His parents were George and Stella Metcalf of Petaluma, California.
Survivors include: Significant other, Bernie Jean Estes, 5 sons, Michael James Elliott, San Clemente, CA; Charles Scott Elliott, Lyons, KS; Peter Martin Elliott, Helena, MT; David Brian Elliott, Lakeside, CA; Matthew Paul Elliott, Sterling, KS; 1 Daughter, Margaret Ann Elliott, Everett, WA; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by 1 son, Frank Joseph Elliott and former wife, Mary Louise Elliott.
He was a professional piano player from age 15 throughout his life, playing in the “Big Band” era and continuing to play that genre of music through the mid 1990’s.
He was also a standout athlete. He graduated from Watertown H.S. in 1942 where he lettered two years each in football, basketball, baseball and earned All-Conference and All-District honors.
After High School, he enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a fighter pilot from 1943-1945.
He then attended the University of Minnesota where he earned 3 varsity letters in both football and baseball. He was the first “Gopher” to earn First Team Big Ten honors in the sport of baseball in 1949. After college He taught in Austin, MN, for a short time and then signed a professional baseball contract with the San Diego Padres of the PCL. The St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract in 1953. He played for the Cardinals in ’53 and again in ’55 appearing in 68 games that season. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in March of ’56. He retired in 1958 after appearing in 854 games with 1034 hits and a lifetime batting average of .325
He married Mary Louise Field in 1950 and raised 7 children in El Cajon, California. He taught Physical Education and coached baseball, football, basketball and soccer throughout his career of 27 years at El Cajon Valley H.S…
He spent 30 years of retirement based in Yuma, AZ and traveling in his motor home to see family and friends. His final days were spent in Lyons, KS with his family at his side.