The Obit For Norm McRae

Norman McRae: Former pitcher in major league


The Dallas Morning News

Former pitcher Norman McRae, who played for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators as well as in the Mexican League, died Friday at his Garland home.

Mr. McRae, 55, had battled cancer for several years.

Services for Mr. McRae will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Eastgate Funeral Home Chapel, 1910 Eastgate Drive in Garland. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park.

"He just loved being a pitcher, that was his passion," said his wife, Sandra McRae.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Mr. McRae was recruited by the Tigers in 1965 at age 17. He began in the minor leagues but was moved up to the majors after leading the Southern League in shutouts in 1968. He pitched 34 innings for the Tigers in 1969-70 with a 2.90 ERA.

In 1970, he was traded in the off-season to Washington, where he played for two more seasons.

After his major-league career, he played for Los Dorados de Chihuahua in the Mexican League from 1972 to 1981. Retirement did not pull him away from baseball; he remained with Los Dorados as a coach from 1981 to 1984 and then became a recruiter for Tomateros de Culiacan, also in the Mexican League.

He and his wife moved to Garland in 1995, where Mr. McRae took a job managing a Garland Long John Silvers.

He never lost his love for baseball, often attending Texas Rangers games with friends he made in the majors and keeping up with the teams from his home.

"He watched baseball every day," Mrs. McRae said.

Besides his wife, Mr. McRae is survived by sons Reggie McRae, Guillermo Beltran del Rio and Norman McRae Jr. of Chihuahua, Mexico; brothers Reginald McRae, Charles McRae, John McRae and Thomas McRae of New Jersey; and sisters Ruth Harris, Lucille Graham and Leonora McRae, all of New Jersey.