Dave Ricketts, a reserve catcher with the Cardinals and Pirates from 1963-1970, as well as a coach for both organizations, passed away Sunday at the age of 73 from renal cancer.
Ricketts, although he did not make much of an impact as a player, was considered to be one of the best catching instructors in baseball.
“Sometimes the word ‘great’ is overused, and it’s a shame,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “There have been some truly great Cardinals that have come through our organization, but I don’t know anybody as great or more beloved than Dave Ricketts. I put him in the George Kissell category - or Red Schoendienst - as far as people that he associated with and the fondness that they feel for him.”