R.C. Otey

Redic Caldwell "R.C." Otey, born March 12th, 1923 in Arkansas, was a professional baseball player from 1942-1958. He was also the head groundskeepers and park superintendent at Ray Winder Field for nearly 30 years1 .


Otey during his years as groundskeeper.
Otey during his years as groundskeeper.
Otey died in Little Rock, AR on October 15th, 2011 and buried in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, AR2 .


"R.C. OTEY , 88, of Little Rock died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. He was born on March 12, 1923 to Reverend R.C. Otey Sr. and Mary Otey . He was a graduate of North Little Rock High School. Otey broke into pro baseball in 1942 with Amarillo, but was quickly nabbed for military service. After three years in the Navy, including eight months on Okinawa, he met and married the love of his life, Ida Maxine Morton, who eventually was the director over the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and Superintendent of Missouri Pacific Hospital. Maxine precedes him in death. In 1949, the Arkansas Travelers bought Infielder Otey off the Pampa Club of the Class C West Texas-New Mexico League. He was the only player who had been with one Southern club for 10 consecutive seasons. He held many records in his tenure, including the most double plays by a second baseman. In 1958, Otey retired from playing baseball and became the Ray Winder Park Superintendent, a position he held for almost 30 years. "3


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1 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/18/2011
2 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/18/2011
3 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/18/2011