Lindy McDaniel

  • Born: December 13, 1935
  • Died: November 15, 2020
  • Location: Lavon, Texas

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2343 Lake Rd.
Lavon, TX 75166

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lindy McDaniel
1935-2020

Lyndall Dale McDaniel, 'Lindy', passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 due to complications with Covid19. He lived in Lavon, Texas and was preaching part time in the Lavon Church of Christ.

Lindy dedicated his whole life serving the Lord in everything that he did. He influenced many people throughout his Major League baseball career and then as a preacher with several church of Christs. His love was God, Family and Baseball, in that order.

Lindy was born on December 13, 1935 in Hollis Oklahoma to Newell and Ada Mae McDaniel (Burk). An excellent athlete, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Cardinals on August 19, 1955, at the age of 19. He went on to have an amazing career of 21 seasons with different major league teams: St. Louis Cardinals 1955-1962, Chicago Cubs 1963-1065, San Francisco Giants 1966-1968, New York Yankees 1968-1973, and Kansas City Royals 1974-1975. He was the top relief pitcher in the National League in 1959, 1960, and 1963, earning the very first Fireman of the Year Award in 1960 and 1963. His major league totals: 141 Wins, 119 Losses, 172 Saves, career ERA 3.45 in 987 pitching appearances. During his major league career, he wrote and mailed a religious monthly newsletter called Pitching for the Master. He sent this out free to anyone interested and largely funded the mailing personally.

Post baseball, Lindy followed his first passion of serving the Lord, preaching in several churches of Christ in Kansas City, Las Vegas New Mexico, Selma California, and recently in Lavon Texas. He was an elder and part time preacher at the Church of Christ in Lavon Texas at the time of his passing.

Lindy is survived by wife, Nancy (DeShazo) McDaniel, five children, Dale McDaniel, Kathi (McDaniel) Watters, Jonathan McDaniel, Susie (McDaniel) Miles and Joey McDaniel; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren, brother, Kerry Don McDaniel, sister, Anita (McDaniel). Proceeded in death: Father, Newell Grant McDaniel, Mother, Ada Mae (Burk) McDaniel and Brother, Max Von McDaniel.

A private memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 19.