Middlekauff dies of heart attack

Middlekauff dies of heart attack

There are 15 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Oct 13, 2006, titled Middlekauff dies of heart attack. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

Pete Middlekauff, a former star athlete for Los Altos High and Stanford, died Tuesday night at his home in Aptos.
Pete Middlekauff, a former star athlete for Los Altos High and Stanford, died Tuesday night at his home in Aptos. Middlekauff, who suffered a massive heart attack, was 62. He is survived by his wife Eve and sons Geoff and Craig Middlekauff. The eldest son, Jon, died in 2001. <br/> <br/>"It was a shock, unexpected," said Geoff of his father's passing. "Everyone has been so supportive. We've heard from many of Pete's classmates, like Bob Stoecker and Nino Batcher. We know dad and Jon are looking down on us right now." <br/> <br/>Middlekauff's talents as a baseball player were evident early on when he was part of a Palo Alto Babe Ruth League All-Star team that played in the Babe Ruth League World Series in Stockton in 1959, placing fourth. <br/> <br/>Middlekauff was a three-sport star at Los Altos (class of '62), excelling in football, basketball and baseball. A three-year varsity performer, Middlekauff earned 12 letters and was awarded the Gold Slugger Award. Al Talboy was Middlekauff's baseball coach at Los Altos. <br/> <br/>"Pete was one of the best I ever had," Talboy said. "He loved the game. He always stayed late for extra batting practice. He was a coach's dream." <br/> <br/>Larry Rice was a client of Middlekauff's for the past 17 years at Smith-Barney, where Middlekauff worked as a stockbroker. Rice was also a counselor at Los Altos while Middlekauff was a student there. <br/> <br/>"Pete was the All-American kid," Rice said. "He was a tremendous athlete, friendly around campus. He was pleasant all the time and sincere as can be." <br/> <br/>Middlekauff went on to become an All-American baseball player at Stanford in 1966. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, where he spent three years playing in the Twins' organization. Middlekauff played football at Stanford his freshman and junior years, where he played fullback for a 5-5 Stanford Indians team. <br/> <br/>Gil Duncan Jr. was a counselor at Los Altos while Middlekauff was there and followed Middlekauff closely in his athletic career at Stanford. <br/> <br/>"Pete loved contact," Duncan said. "He was aggressive. I remember a baseball game at Stanford and there was a small rhubarb at second base. I guess someone slid in too hard. About four or five players were getting into hit, then the benches started to clear. Pete came running out of the Stanford dugout, jumped up high in the air and landed on top of everyone. He liked to be in the middle of things." <br/> <br/>Middlekauff, an ardent member of the Santa Cruz Lions Club, spent the last several years being involved in Lions Club charity drives. One of his more recent projects was organizing the Peninsula Athletic League-Santa Cruz County All-Star Football Classic. Menlo School head coach Mark Newton coached the PAL stars two summers ago. <br/> <br/>"The nice thing about Pete was that he was extra-altruistic," Newton said. "He did so much to promote youth sports. He was the backbone of having a sense of community. He <br/>was always great with the kids, affable and gregarious." <br/> <br/>There will be no public funeral, but family members are planning a memorial service at a future date during the week of Oct. 23. <br/> <br/>E-mail John Reid at [email protected] <br/>
Fred Rudell

United States

#2 Oct 16, 2006
Ah Peter!
Don Moore

United States

#3 Oct 18, 2006
Although a year behind Pete at LAHS, being active in sports, I watched his incredible career with awe. Regardless of the sport, he was always a key factor in the game. There wasn't another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Eve and her sons. I hope they are doing okay.

United States

#4 Oct 18, 2006
Don Moore wrote:
Although a year behind Pete at LAHS, being active in sports, I watched his incredible career with awe. Regardless of the sport, he was always a key factor in the game. There wasn't another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Eve and her sons. I hope they are doing okay.
My recollection is that the Colonel coached him in the Babe Ruth World Series. I can remember many good comments about him. He was a near-legend at Stanford in baseball.

My condolences to his family.
Mike Dodds

Cheyenne, WY

#5 Nov 1, 2006
A lust for life in whatever he did, whether it was on the baseball diamond, the football field or on the deck of a boat with fish on line, Pete leaves many who shared those times and a void that cannot completely be replaced. I'll miss him.
Beth Middlekauff

Tracy, CA

#6 Jan 15, 2007
I spent many times with him as my father-in-law and he was the one of most crazy, wonderful, loving characters I ever knew and I loved him dearly! Any time spent with him was full of zest and laughter.
He will be sorely missed by me and his 2 grandchildren.
Allison Middlekauff

Modesto, CA

#7 Apr 2, 2007
i loved my granpa so much!!!!!!!!! he had the greatest laugh in the hole world,nobody could ever top it!! i will never forget his laugh,not ever!!i just miss him toooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!
Jaymi Hansen Cleland

San Francisco, CA

#8 May 5, 2007
Am very sorry to just be finding out about Mr. Middlekauff's passing. I grew up down the street in Campbell from the Middlekauff family a lifetime ago. All my sympathy to the whole family.
Bill Bercich Georgia

Douglasville, GA

#9 Jul 5, 2008
Eve, I canot express my feelings as I have just learned about this tragic event. Vicki and I both express our sincere condolances.
My respect for your husband was immense, his friend ship was a treasure.
W E Bercich
Beth Middlekauff

Tracy, CA

#10 Sep 21, 2008
Even almost two years later, he still leaves a sore spot in our lives and we talk about him very often. The comments here are so wonderful, Pete was a legend not only in his athletics and schooling, but as a human being. I had the opportunity to love him for 2 decades...
Chris Gettler

San Jose, CA

#11 Mar 29, 2009
WOW! I was not aware that Pete has passed away. I grew up with Pete's son Craig in Campbell. I remember the days with Pete and Craig practicing the great game of baseball. As I remember Pete was a great Father and fantastic coach and remember his advice on preparing for the future and to keep working hard at what every you do in life. Thanks for the memories and friendship. Your legacy will live on.
AJ Chitwood

Edmonds, WA

#12 May 27, 2009
I just purchased a large box of sports memorabilia from an estate in Washington State that contained actual college letters from U. of California to Pete Middlekauff. Had to google to find out who he was. There is an entire box of letters and memorabilia on Middlekauff. Family can contact me at [email protected] if interested.
Beth Middlekauff

Tracy, CA

#13 Jul 16, 2009
It's nice to see all of these wonderful comments coming through.
AJ - As far as memorabilia, I will forward your information on to Pete's son Craig. Thank you!

Livermore, CA

#14 Jul 18, 2009
Is this the dad of the Middlekauff that played baseball at UCSB?
Mark Souza

Concord, CA

#15 Jul 29, 2011
Pete was a second father to me. Our families would get together after baseball in Lafayette and have some of the best times ever. I talk with Pete's wonder wife and partner everynow and then. My condolences to the entire Middlekauff family and if you see this, just know that the times we all spent together we and are very special times in the entire Souza clan hearts.
Terry Laucher

Alameda, CA

#16 Sep 1, 2011
I played Little League with Pete when he was 11 yrs old. He was the tall skinny kid on first base. What a cute kid! Anyway, his father was our coach, and a good one. We did fairly well, and Mr. Middlekauf took us to see the S.F. Seals. We got to sit right down at the field level between home and third.
When a loose ball came rolling our way, little Pete reached over, then jumped over the short wall for it. He was immediatley tackled by a batboy. Wow, Mr. K.
came unglued and went right overt the wall at that guy, and told him that this was a little kid.
We were all scared.
Saw Pete play at Stanford once and was very proud.

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