Tahlequah Daily Press
Alfred Michael Heist
COOKSON Alfred Michael Heist passed from this life Monday, Oct.
2, 2006, in Tahlequah at the age of 78. He was born Wednesday, Oct.
5, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Joseph and Loretta Jane (McCafferty)
In 1945, he joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving our country during
World War II. Al was a recipient of an American Area Medal, Asiatic
Pacific Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Al spent 44 years of his life in professional baseball. He was a player
and coach for 15 years and spent 11 years in the minors. He was a professional
centerfield baseball player.
Al began his baseball career with Redding, Calif., of the Class D Far
West league in 1949. In 1950, he moved to Stockton, Calif., of the Class
C California League, where he played for two years.
He played the 1953 and 1954 seasons with Lewiston, Idaho, in the Class
A Western International League, where he stole 28 bases in 1953 and
was chosen to the leagues All-star team in 1954.
He joined the Sacramento Solons of the PCL in 1955. In 1958, The
Sporting News named a minor league all-star fielding team which
included Al. The honor was based strictly on official fielding averages,
and he had the only flawless record in the minors. He set a record in
the PCL, playing 161 games without an error. Al began his major league
career July 17, 1960, playing for the Chicago Cubs and then joined the
Houston Colt 45s in 1962.
He was a player and coach with the Oklahoma City 89ers from 1963 to
1965. Al retired as a player after 16 major and minor league seasons.
He then became a coach for the Houston Astros in 1966 and 1967.
His passion for the game led him to scouting for the Chicago Cubs. In
1980, he was a member of the San Diego Padres staff where he was the
third base coach, instruction league coordinator and a scout. His last
nine years before retiring was spent with the San Francisco Giants as
their national cross checker scout.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by three daughters, Shalah Lozano and husband Martin
of Yukon, Allyson Heist of Tahlequah, and Lori Heist of Park Hill; son,
Michael Heist of Tahlequah; 10 grandchildren, Jayme Steeley, Michael
Neighbors, Jayson Steeley, Whitney Neighbors, Shelby Walters, Lane Trammel,
Payton Walters, Marina Lozano, Martin Lozano and Ty Evan Heist; a great-granddaughter,
Jaelyn Girty; and numerous extended relatives and friends. Day and night,
you will be missed.
Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at Cookson-Proctor
Cemetery with Father Jeff Polasek officiating. Arrangements directed
by Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 456-2551.