Don Joseph Gutteridge Sr.
(Died September 7, 2008)
Don Joseph Gutteridge
Sr., 96, of Pittsburg, Kansas, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on
September 7, 2008, due to complications arising from pneumonia.
Don died peacefully at his home surrounded by friends and family. Don
accepted Jesus Christ as lord and Savior at a very young age in Pittsburg,
Kansas and began a lifelong walk with Him that was evident in all his
relationships and actions for the rest of his life.
Born June 19, 1912 in Pittsburg, Kansas, he never called any other city
home. His first and foremost love was his beautiful bride Helen Frances
whom he married on October 16, 1931. The only other goal he had was to
be a big league baseball player and that he accomplished in a huge way!
Don Gutteridge was a member of the rough-and-tumble Gas House Gang Cardinals
from 1936-1940 and logged four more years with the Browns from 1942-1945,
spending his most productive years in St. Louis.
The third baseman registered career highs in triples (15), home runs (9),
and RBI (64) in 1938. That same season, Don was named the fastest man
in the National League and over his career, ranked in the top 20 in the
league in triples and stolen bases four times.
After leaving the Redbirds, Don led off the 1944 World Series for the
Browns from the second base position as they fell to Billy Southworths
Cardinals in the Streetcar Series. He posted career highs in doubles (35)
in 1943 and stolen bases (20) as a Brown in 1944. Don played for the Boston
Red Sox in the 1946 World Series against the Cardinals. He went 2-for-5
with an RBI as he covered for future Hall-of-Famer Bobby Doerr, who missed
Game Six with a migraine. Don was sold to the Pirates in March 1948, where
he ended his 12 years in the majors.
Overall, he logged a .256 career batting average and .956 fielding percentage,
primarily as a second and third baseman. He scored 586 runs and had 200
doubles, 64 triples, 39 home runs, and 391 RBI over 4202 career at-bats.
After managing in the minor leagues and coaching third base for the White
Sox for years under Al Lopez, Don managed the Chicago White Sox in 1969
and 1970. He later was a scout for the Kansas City Royals, the New York
Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After his retirement, Don took an interest in youth baseball in his hometown.
The J L Hutchinson League last week renamed the intermediate league (ages
13-15) the Don Gutteridge League.
Recently, Don and longtime friend Todd Biggs wrote the book Getting
Started in Baseball: A Guide to Learning and Teaching Baseball in the
Early Years. He and Mr. Biggs handed out free copies to every player
in the J L Hutchinson League during the summer season. Don had a
positive impact on every single person he ever met, Mr. Biggs told
The Morning Sun in Pittsburg. No matter how long your conversation
is, whenever you left his company, you always felt better about yourself.
What Don Gutteridge leaves behind is a legacy of character, love, and
hope. His motto was Kill em with kindness. He is preceded
in death by his father, Joe Gutteridge and mother, Mary (Archer), two
brothers, Alfred and Earl Gutteridge, and one sister Hazel Gutteridge.
Don is survived by one brother Merle Gutteridge and his wife Maxine of
Pittsburg, one son, Don Jr. Gutteridge and his wife Sonja of Oklahoma
City, OK. Three grandsons; Lance Gutteridge and his wife Amy with their
boys Christian, Don Joseph the 3rd, and Carder, Sean Gutteridge and his
wife Rene and their children John and Cate, and Joshua Gutteridge and
his wife Cheri and their girls, Abigail, Ashley, Allison, and Audrey.
While we acknowledge that the world is not quite as sweet without our
Husband, Brother, Dad, Paw Paw, and Friend, we know that he is with his
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Celebrating! We miss him, but celebrate his
A memorial service for Mr. Gutteridge is set for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September
16, 2008, at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, Pittsburg, KS, with Pastors
Lance and Joshua Gutteridge officiating. The family suggests memorials
to the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas for the J. L. Hutchinson
Baseball League. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary,
114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Friends may sign the register book and leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.