Myron Claude "Red" Hayworth Sr.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, November 5, at Springfield Friends Meeting by Rev. Ray Luther. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Allen Penry, Myron Hayworth III, Mark Penry, Terry Ronald McDowell, Donnie Brower, Terry McDowell, Eddie Seay and Pete Dawkins.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the John Jay Blair Class of the Springfield Friends Meeting.
Mr. Hayworth was born May 14, 1915, the son of John Ensley Hayworth and Mary Emma Hepler.
He grew up in the Springfield community, attending Springfield School and Allen Jay School. He graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy in 1934.
Myron "Red" was active in professional baseball most of his life. He first signed with the Yankee farm system as a catcher in 1936 and worked his way up from the minor leagues to the majors. He was a catcher on the 1944 St. Louis Browns World Series team. Also, he played baseball in Mexico, Cuba and Canada. Later in his career, he became a coach and then a baseball scout for several major league teams. He spent 53 years in baseball as a player, coach or scout. After retirement, he continued to keep his enthusiasm, dedication and special interest in baseball. He was one of the initial founders of the Professional Baseball Representatives Association.
Myron caught in all six games of the 1944 World Series and he donated his catcher's mitt, used in the games, to the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
As a baseball scout, he was responsible for signing numerous players who were able to achieve Major League status as players, coaches and managers.
Honors achieved by Mr. Hayworth are as follows: George Sisler Meritorious Service Award, 1998; Middle Atlantic Major League Scouts Baseball Association Special Achievement Award, 1993; The Donald Barns Award, 2000; St. Louis Brown 50th Reunion Award, by St. Louis Browns Historical Society, 1994; Professional Baseball Representatives Distinguished Service Award, 2000; Diamond Jubilee Award, St. Louis Browns Historical Society, 2004; Greater Winston Salem Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, 2002; Oak Ridge Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame, inducted into membership, 1989.
Mr. Hayworth held memberships in the following organizations: Springfield Friends Meeting and the John Jay Blair Sunday School Class; Oak View Grange; Professional Baseball Representatives Association; Major League Baseball Players and Alumni Association; Oak Ridge Military Academy Alumni Association.
Mr. Hayworth had resided at Providence Place in High Point for the past several years, enjoying his association with the other residents there.
He was preceded in death two sisters, Nettie Regina Hayworth and Dovie Mae Hayworth; four brothers, Henry, Orvie, Raymond and Chester Hayworth. He was married to Ethel Wells and she preceded him in January 1986.
Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Penry and husband, Larry of Arizona; one son, Myron C. Hayworth Jr. and wife, Reta of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Gertrude Macon of Kannapolis; Hallie Brower of High Point; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 tonight at Sechrest Funeral Service on East Lexington Ave.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Springfield Friends Memorials Association 55 E. Springfield Road, High Point, N.C. 27263.
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