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Ted Savage
Savage in 2017
Born: (1937-02-21)February 21, 1937
Venice, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 12, 2023(2023-01-12) (aged 85)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.[citation needed]
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1962, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
July 3, 1971, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.233
Home runs34
Runs batted in163

Theodore Savage Jr. (born Ephesian Savage; February 21, 1937 – January 12, 2023) was an American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1962 to 1971. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals.

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One of the funny things about owning a brain is that you have no control over the things that it gathers and holds onto, the facts and the stories. And as you get older, it only gets worse. Things stick around for years sometimes before you understand why you're interested in them, before you understand their import to you. Here's three of mine. When Richard Feynman was a young boy in Queens, he went for a walk with his dad and his wagon and a ball. And he noticed that when he pulled the wagon, the ball went to the back of the wagon. And he asked his dad, "Why does the ball go to the back of the wagon?" And his dad said, "That's inertia." He said, "What's inertia?" And his dad said, "Ah. Inertia is the name that scientists give to the phenomenon of the ball going to the back of the wagon. But in truth, nobody really knows." Feynman went on to earn degrees at MIT, Princeton, he solved the Challenger disaster, he ended up winning the Nobel Prize in Physics for his Feynman diagrams describing the movement of subatomic particles. And he credits that conversation with his father as giving him a sense that the simplest questions could carry you out to the edge of human knowledge. And that that's where he wanted to play. And play he did. Now Eratosthenes was the third librarian at the great Library at Alexandria, and he made many contributions to science. But the one he is most remembered for began in a letter that he received as the librarian, from the town of Swenet, which was south of Alexandria. The letter included this fact that stuck in Eratosthenes' mind, and the fact was that the writer said at noon on the solstice, when he looked down this deep well, he could see his reflection at the bottom, and he could also see that his head was blocking the sun. Now, I should tell you – the idea that Christopher Columbus discovered that the world is spherical is total bull. It's not true at all. In fact, everyone who was educated understood that the world was spherical since Aristotle's time. And Aristotle had proved it with a simple observation. He noticed that every time you saw the Earth's shadow on the Moon it was circular. And the only shape that constantly creates a circular shadow is a sphere – Q.E.D. the Earth is round. But nobody knew how big it was until Eratosthenes got this letter with this fact. So he understood that the sun was directly above the city of Swenet, because looking down a well, it was a straight line all the way down the well, right past the guy's head up to the sun. Eratosthenes knew another fact. He knew that a stick stuck in the ground in Alexandria at the same time and the same day, at noon – the sun's zenith, on the solstice. The sun cast a shadow that showed that it was 7.2 degrees off-axis. Now, if you know the circumference of this circle, and you have two points on it, all you need to know is the distance between those two points, and you can extrapolate the circumference. Three hundred and sixty degrees divided by 7.2 equals 50. I know it's a little bit of a round number, and it makes me suspicious of this story too, but it's a good story, so we'll continue with it. He needed to know the distance between Swenet and Alexandria, which is good, because Eratosthenes was good at geography. In fact, he invented the word geography. The road between Swenet and Alexandria was a road of commerce, and commerce needed to know how long it took to get there. It needed to know the exact distance. So he knew, very precisely, that the distance between the two cities was 500 miles. Multiply that times 50, you get 25,000, which is within one percent of the actual diameter of the Earth. He did this 2,200 years ago. Now, we live in an age where multi-billion-dollar pieces of machinery are looking for the Higgs boson. We're discovering particles that may travel faster than the speed of light, and all of these discoveries are made possible by technology that's been developed in the last few decades. But for most of human history, we had to discover these things using our eyes, and our ears, and our minds. Armand Fizeau was an experimental physicist in Paris. His speciality was actually refining and confirming other people's results, and this might sound like a bit of an also-ran, but in fact this is the soul of science, because there is no such thing as a fact that cannot be independently corroborated. And he was familiar with Galileo's experiments in trying to determine whether or not light had a speed. So, Galileo had worked out this really wonderful experiment where he and his assistant had a lamp, each one of them was holding a lamp, and Galileo would open his lamp, and his assistant would open his lamp. And they got the timing down really good. They just knew their timing. And then they stood at two hilltops, two miles distant, and they did the same thing, on the assumption from Galileo that if light had a discernible speed, he'd notice a delay in the light coming back from his assistant's lamp. But light was too fast for Galileo. He was off by several orders of magnitude when he assumed that light was roughly 10 times as fast as the speed of sound. Fizeau was aware of this experiment. He lived in Paris, and he set up two experimental stations, roughly five and a half miles distant, in Paris. And he solved this problem of Galileo's, and he did it with a really relatively trivial piece of equipment. He did it with one of these. I'm going to put away the clicker for a second because I want to engage your brains in this. So this is a toothed wheel. It's got a bunch of notches and it's got a bunch of teeth. This was Fizeau's solution to sending discrete pulses of light. He put a beam behind one of these notches. If I point a beam through this notch at a mirror, five miles away, that beam is bouncing off the mirror and coming back to me through this notch. But something interesting happens as he spins the wheel faster. He notices that it seems like a door is starting to close on the light beam that's coming back to his eye. Why is that? It's because the pulse of light, it's not coming back through the same notch. It's actually hitting a tooth. And he spins the wheel fast enough and he fully occludes the light. And then, based on the distance between the two stations, and the speed of his wheel, and the number of notches in the wheel, he calculates the speed of light to within two percent of its actual value. And he does this in 1849. This is what really gets me going about science. Whenever I'm having trouble understanding a concept, I go back and I research the people that discovered that concept. I look at the story of how they came to understand it. And what happens when you look at what the discoverers were thinking about, when they made their discoveries, is you understand that they are not so different from us. We are all bags of meat and water. We all start with the same tools. I love the idea that different branches of science are called fields of study. Most people think of science as a closed, black box, when in fact it is an open field. And we are all explorers. The people that made these discoveries just thought a little bit harder about what they were looking at, and they were a little bit more curious. And their curiosity changed the way people thought about the world, and thus it changed the world. They changed the world, and so can you. Thank you. (Applause)

Early life

Savage was born in Venice, Illinois, in 1937. He graduated from East St. Louis Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Illinois, where he starred in baseball, basketball, and football. Savage then attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, before serving for three years in the U.S. Army.[1]

Major league career

Savage signed as an amateur free agent in 1960 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in 1961, batting .325, which led the league. He won the International League Most Valuable Player Award.[2]

Savage made his major league debut with the Phillies on April 9, 1962, in a 12–4 road win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Pinch-hitting for Wes Covington against Bob Miller, he grounded out but stayed in the game, playing left field. After grounding out again, in the seventh inning he notched his first major league hit and RBI with a single off pitcher Dave Hillman that drove in Tony Gonzalez. He later had another RBI single that scored Gonzalez again, off pitcher Jim Brosnan.[3]

On November 28, 1962, Savage was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Pancho Herrera in exchange for Don Hoak.[4] In 85 games with the Pirates, he batted .195 with five home runs and 14 runs batted in (RBI).[5] After the 1964 season, the Pirates traded Savage and Earl Francis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jack Damaska and Ron Cox.[6]

On May 14, 1967, the Chicago Cubs acquired Savage from the Cardinals with John Kindl for Don Young and Jim Procopio.[7] On April 23, 1968, the Cubs traded Savage and Jim Ellis to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Phil Regan and Jim Hickman.[8] He batted .209 in 64 games in the 1968 season. Before the 1969 season, the Dodgers traded Savage to the Cincinnati Reds for Jimmie Schaffer.[9] The Reds sold Savage to the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1970 season. Savage had perhaps the best season of his career in 1970, playing in 114 games and batting .279 with 12 home runs, 50 RBI and a .402 slugging percentage in 343 plate appearances.[5]

On May 11, 1971, the Brewers traded Savage to the Kansas City Royals for Tommy Matchick.[10] Savage's final game was on July 3, 1971, in a 1–0 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. In the game, he recorded his final career hit, a single off Tommy John.[11] He ended his playing career with 642 games played, posting a .233 average with 34 home runs and 163 RBI.[5]

Personal life and death

After his baseball career ended, he earned a PhD in urban studies from Saint Louis University and spent nine years as athletic director at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. In 1987, Savage was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals as assistant director of community relations and a minor-league instructor.[12]

In 2006, Savage was inducted into the Lincoln University Alumni Hall of Fame.[13] The Buffalo Bisons inducted Savage into their team's hall of fame in 2016.[2]

After a 25-year career with the Cardinals, Savage retired in 2012 as director of target marketing in the Cardinals Care and community relations department.[1] In 2013, the 24th annual golf Cardinals Care tournament hosted by Savage was renamed the Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic to raise funds for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.[14]

Savage died on January 12, 2023, at age 85.[12]


  1. ^ a b Skelton, David E. "Ted Savage". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Bisons' greats Ted Savage, Alex Ramirez elected to Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame". Minor League Baseball. July 6, 2016. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  3. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds Box Score, April 9, 1962". April 9, 1962. Archived from the original on June 24, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  4. ^ Bostrom, Don (December 17, 1986). "LOOKING BACK AT TRADES". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c "Ted Savage Stats". Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  6. ^ "The News Journal 16 Dec 1964, page Page 45". The News Journal. December 16, 1964. Archived from the original on January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via
  7. ^ "Chicago Tribune 14 May 1967, page 86". Chicago Tribune. May 14, 1967. Archived from the original on January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via
  8. ^ "Spokane Chronicle 23 Apr 1968, page 19". Spokane Chronicle. April 23, 1968. Archived from the original on January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via
  9. ^ "The Cincinnati Enquirer 30 Mar 1969, page Page 50". The Cincinnati Enquirer. March 30, 1969. Archived from the original on January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via
  10. ^ "The Shreveport Journal 12 May 1971, page 33". Shreveport Journal. May 12, 1971. Retrieved January 15, 2023 – via
  11. ^ "Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Box Score, July 3, 1971". July 3, 1971. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Ahram, Maury (January 15, 2023). "Ted Savage Passes Away". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  13. ^ "National Hall of Fame | Lincoln University of Missouri". Lincoln University. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Registration underway for Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic June 11th". St. Louis Cardinals. Major League Baseball. May 17, 2013. Archived from the original on September 27, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2021.

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