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

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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Lindy was my Wife's second cousin via Nelda Glynn Molloy Thompson. He visited us after Nelda's funeral and shared his scrapbook with us. He was a kind man and really loved the Lord. It breaks our heart to hear of his passing, especially during this time.

Love and prayers from Jon and Kathleen Jones

Posted by Jon and Kathleen Jones - CLAYTON, NC - Family   December 10, 2020

As being the youngest of the family and ofcourse the only girl, I am so thankful that Lindy set an example and the course to travel on in this world. He seemed to have the steadiness of our father and the graciousness of our mother. The one word I know describes Lindy to me is honesty, he was never afraid to tell you if he disagreed with you. Never did he compromise the truth he believed and I am very thankful for that. He was a good brother to me and I am looking forward to seeing him again in glory!

Posted by Anita McDaniel - Hollis, OK - Sister   November 21, 2020

Lindy meant a lot to our family as we benefitted from his support over the years. My word for Lindy would be strong. Not only physical strength for most of his life, but He was strong in the faith. His habits of reading, studying and writing benefited the church at Lavon. His application of that study as he counseled others showed his heart. We look forward to seeing Lindy again.

Posted by Brian & Liesl Huddleston - Wylie, TX - Family Friend   November 20, 2020

Inspiring service. One of the things on my bucket list was to meet and spend an afternoon with Lindy and hearing baseball stories including baptizing Felipe Alou, taking Mickey Mantle to church among other MLB players, unfortunately I never met him. It's a rarity for a member of the Lord's Church to play professional sports and especially keep his faith. I first read a copy of Lindy's publication in Yater Tant's Vanguard Magazine in the late 70's. I was a fan of his since the 70's, mailed several cards to him to sign about 10 years ago and cherish them all. Lindy didn't know me, but had a tremendous influence on my faith. I am an elder in the Lord's church today because of good examples like Lindy. With all of his success, he still put Christ #1. Can't wait to meet him in heaven.

Posted by Phil Barnes - Franklin, TN - Acquaintance   November 19, 2020


When I think of you, I think of committed.
You were committed to God, your family & your baseball.
And will be remembered for all the love and care you showed
along the way.
So glad to have had the opportunity to know and enjoy your
your fellowship.

Steve & Debbie Mitchell

Posted by Debbie Mitchell - Rockwall, TX - Friend   November 19, 2020

From the 1st time I ever heard of Lindy McDaniel he was one of my heroes. While attending David Lipscomb Elementary in the mid to late 50's, someone told me he was a Christian. From then on I was a follower of his career. I had the honor of 1st meeting Lindy in the 1990s, and after that meeting, we corresponded occasionally. I treasure and kept his letters to me and the encouragement he always provided with regard to life, following Christ, and being the best at whatever one does. Live with God Lindy. Tom

Posted by Thomas Reed - Nashville, TN - Acquaintance   November 19, 2020

Lindy was a great example of a successful athlete who never lost sight of his allegiance first to Jesus Christ our Lord. He is an alumnus of Florida College from the year 1956 and because of his illustrious career we named our baseball field in his honor.

He will be remembered for his outstanding talent as a baseball player, but more importantly as a humble servant of our Lord. I am thankful to have had him as a dear friend and brother in Christ.

Marilyn and I send our love and condolences to Nancy and the whole family.

Buddy and Marilyn Payne

Posted by Buddy Payne - Tampa, FL - Friend   November 19, 2020

That was beautiful.
Glad that so many could come celebrate his life.
Loved the stories and memories shared.
I am thinking Von and Alice met him at the gate with Newell and Ada Mae.
Lindy will update them with all the news from here.
God is soooo GOOD to give us these gospel spreading farmers to plant seeds for the Holy Spirit to grow.
Praying for your comfort.
~ Joy

Posted by Joy Shipman - New Caney, TX - Family   November 19, 2020

Nancy, may you find God's comfort in the days to come. Lindy was a loving man devoted to God and family. Bless you all.

Posted by Charlie & John Lechner - Lavon, TX - Friend   November 19, 2020

Precious is the word that comes to mind regarding Lindy McDaniel. I met him and fell in love w him and his sweet heart. I'm sorry I didn't get to see him and hug him before his passing. Condolences and prayers to the family.

Posted by Jill Forga - Fayetteville, AR - Family Friend   November 19, 2020

Sending our condolences! If I had to describe Lindy in one word it would be patient. I remember vividly he came to an event at Westside and when it was over because the preacher in the lecture pointed out he was in the audience he literally couldn't make it out the door. As a young man and huge baseball fan I literally held myself back because I felt for Lindy. I also think of the line in the movie Field of Dreams: if you build it they will come! Boy! Did he build it! Not only on the baseball field but I'm God's kingdom.

Posted by Jimmy Kersey, Jr - Arlington, TX - Acquaintance   November 19, 2020

What a loss for all of us left behind, but what a gain for Lindy!

He meant so much to me, my extended family, my Christian family, and so so many others.

Hard to pick just one word to describe Lindy, but it would have to be Faithful.

Prayers for Nancy and the family. He will absolutely be missed here on this earth.

Look forward to seeing him again one day...

Posted by SCOTT WOOD - CARY, NC - Family Friend   November 19, 2020

My days are much brighter when I think of my friend. We had many discussions about the Bible and his work on PITCHING FOR THE MASTER. We also talked about BASEBALL. Lindy and Nancy were married in our home and they spent many nights with Sandy and me. He was a very benevolent man. He was my hero and when we talked baseball he was bigger than life to me. He was my friend and I loved him!!

Posted by Phil Ford - Memphis, TN - Friend   November 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of Lindy's passing but rejoice with him in his victory. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Don Patton - Maumelle, AR - Friend   November 18, 2020

Our condolences to Lindy's family and friends. He was a wonderful, kind, and caring man. We knew Lindy from our time living in Lavon. When we first moved to Texas from Iowa back in 2004, we knew very few people. We purchased a home next door to Lindy and his wife, Nancy. From day one, Lindy and Nancy were there to help us move into our home, extend warm invites to their home for meals, and always extended an invitation to join their family for holiday dinners. Since all of our family was out of state, it meant so much to us! We enjoyed playing a friendly game of 42 with LIndy and Nancy on many occasions, and will always remember Lindy's love for the game. We have so much respect for Lindy and who he was. He loved Jesus, and made sure others knew that, and knew about Jesus as well. He was an inspiration to us, and I'm sure to countless others. We will be praying for Nancy and the rest of the family - for God to provide comfort in times of great sorrow. Lindy will be missed and never forgotten.

With love,
Paul, Alexa, and James Lemon

Posted by Paul, Alexa, and James Lemon - Sachse, TX - Neighbor   November 18, 2020

Dear Kathi, praying the Holy Spirit's grace be upon you and your family. What a wonderful life your father has led as a professional athlete and a servant of Christ. Fantastic testament. I'm not surprised, because he has passed those same qualities on to you my friend. Though we mourn for those no longer with us in this earthly realm, we know your dad is now living eternally in his forever home singing praises to our God.

Lifting you up in continued prayer,

Kelly and Mark Dawson

Posted by Kelly Dawson - Bowie, MD - Friend   November 18, 2020

It is comforting to know Lindy is in the presence of his Savior and we pray for comfort for his family as only God can give. The memories Lindy left us are wonderful and we will always remember what a great example he was for all ages. Love to all, Phil &Sandy

Posted by Phil & Sandy Ford - Memphis, TN - Friend   November 18, 2020

Thank you, Lindy for being a brother & friend. My live, our lives (Patty & me) have been so blessed to know you and Alice and you and Nancy. We enjoyed the '42' games and countless hours of discussions on Christ & HIS church. It was a pleasure to serve as an elder with you. Your notebooks on Bible Reading will be part of my library until I come to meet you after awhile. We love Nancy and will see to her welfare until she comes home to the Lord & you.

Posted by Bill Chambers - Farmersville, TX - Friend   November 18, 2020

I met Mr. McDaniel in 2009 in Costa Rica, he talked to us about how to obtain results through discipline. Condolences to Dale and all of Mr. McDaniel's loved ones.

Posted by Jos we Mirales - Heredia - Coworker   November 18, 2020

Nancy, I am so sorry, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you.

Posted by "Bo" & Mary Harrel - Longview, TX   November 18, 2020