Elrod Jerome Hendricks
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Elrod Hendricks, who spent nearly 40 years as a baseball player and coach, died on Dec. 22, 2005 in Glen Burnie, Md. He was 64.
Hendricks made his major league debut with Baltimore in 1968. He spent 12 seasons in the major leagues and had a .220 career batting average. He hit 62 home runs and drove in 230 RBI in 711 games in the majors.
His two best season came in 1969 and 1970. He hit .244 in 1969 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI. He hit .242 in 1970 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI. He had a career-high 42 RBI in 1971.
Lee May, who played for the Orioles from 1975-1980, spoke at Hendrick's funeral.
"Ellie was a kind, wonderful person," he said. "He never met a stranger. I don't have enough words, I don't have enough time, to explain the greatness of this guy."
Following the 1977 season, he became bullpen coach and he was a player-coach in 1978-1979. He served as Baltimore's bullpen coach for 28 years. In 1978, he pitched 2.1 innings and did not allow a run.
He appeared in five League Championship series and four World Series. He hit .273 in 66 postseason at-bats with two home runs and 10 RBI.
Baltimore traded him in August 1972 to the Chicago Cubs for Tommy Davis. Chicago traded him in October of that year to Orioles for Frank Estrada. He was traded again in June 1976 in a deal that sent him, along with Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson to the Yankees for Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and Rick Dempsey.
He became a free again after the October 1977 season and re-signed with Baltimore.
He had a mild stroke in April 2005 and had been relieved of his duties as bullpen coach in October.