Ex-Vol Sid Hatfield dies

Sid Hatfield, the only UT baseball player ever selected as Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series, died Saturday, Jan. 25 at age 73.

Hatfield pitched a complete game shutout against Springfield, Mass., in the 1951 College World Series and pitched seven innings in the finale against Oklahoma before the Vols fell 3-2.

Hatfield later served as UT golf coach from 1968-76, compiling a 500-253-3 record. He led the Vols to a second place SEC finish in 1968. His teams won 12 tournaments over that time. He produced two honorable mention All-Americas (George Cadle, 1971, and Mickey Mabry, 1972, who also won the individual SEC title that season) and five All-SEC players (Mabry, Cadle, Mac McCormick, Harry Taylor and Ricky Gregg). He was also an assistant basketball coach at UT from 1967-70, and was part of the 1967 run to the SEC title.

He graduated from Tennessee in 1954 with a degree in education and began his career as a teacher and coach at the old Rule High School in Knoxville where he coached for 10 years, interrupted by two years of military service. He then went to Tennessee Tech as a teacher and assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach (1965-67). His overall baseball record at Cookeville was 44-30. He returned to Knoxville in 1966.

He was a United States Army veteran who served in Korea and remained active in the U.S. Air National Guard. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel.

His wife of 51 years, Carol, sons Bill Hatfield and wife, Cheryl, of Knoxville, and Jeff Hatfield of Charlotte, N.C., daughter Kim Hatfield-Gray, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, survive him.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Rev. William J. Fowler and Rev. Cabel W. Trent officiating. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Soup Kitchen Fund at Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley Street, Knoxville 37902, or to the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, P.O. Box 51561, Knoxville 37950.

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