Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

November 25, 2008

Fred E. McAlister

Claremore, OK — Fred E. McAlister, age 80, loving husband, father, friend and teammate passed away on Nov. 23 2008, at his home He was born on March 1, 1928, in Lynchburg, Va. to parents Grace and Fred E. McAlister. He is survived by wife, Patty Neal Hunter McAlister of the Katy,Texas home, three daughters, Kathy Stewart , Kelly Crawfort, Kara Wilson and his three step-children, Brenda Martin, Lori Moore and Bobby Hunter. McAlister was the grandfather of eleven and the great-grandfather of three. He is also survived by sisters, Betty Bomar and Lou Deacon of Lynchburg, Virginia. He is preceded in death by sister Connie Manin, a brother Mickey and both parents.

The McAlisters are members of First Baptist Church of Katy. McAlister attended school in Lynchburg and was employed by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization at the age of 17 in 1945. He was employed for 63 years by the Cardinals until the time of his death. His only break from this employment was his active duty enlistment in the US Navy in 1946 for two years.

McAlister served the St. Louis team in nearly every capacity from player to Scouting Director.

His achievements and accolades have been numerous during his six decades of baseball. In a 1988 Sports Illustrated story, the Cardinal General Manager Dal Maxvill called McAlister “the most valuable person in the Cardinal organization.” USA Today is quoted as saying “Legendary Scouting Director Fred McAlister a little known source of so much of the franchise's success.”

In 1994, Walt Jocketty, then General Manager of the Cardinals, named their annual scouting award given to the teams best scout the “Fred McAlister Award.”

In 1997 he was chosen Midwest Scout of the Year by the National League Scout of the Year Foundation for his “excellence in scouting, years of service and professionalism in the performance of his job.”

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