I knew Kevin from the neighborhood, growing up at 38th and kedzie. Kevin's life mirrows my own life. I also attended Kelly high at the same time Kevin did. I played a lot of ball back then, sometimes against Kevin. Tremendous pitcher! I was considered a very good hitter back then, but I was no match for Kevin.struck me out 4 straight times. I also ran numbers for the local bookie, played many times at Burroughs, drank in the same bar on 35th and California. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for his family, but I hope you find solace in his legacy. Sincely, John Holtz jh1056@AOL.com
Tommy - I was shocked to see Kevin had passed away. Over the years my family would try to follow what Kevin was doing. It was fun to see him make the big leagues and become an actor! I remember him pitching for the Foxes in Appleton, WI and your whole family would come and watch. Your family was so proud of him. He was a very nice guy and would do anything to help someone out. Please accept my late condolences. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Dawn and I considered Kevin Hickey our friend. I played on White Sox fantasy camp for three years with him, he and Jim Fregosi were our managers for the first year. Some great times in those fantasy camps with Kevin, having a laugh over a couple of beers. He pitched to me a few times in the last year, and I asked him to throw me a real fastball. And he did. I barely saw it, let alone hit it. He laughed and told me once "pitching batting practice is a great job for me, serving up meatballs to hitters!" That's typical Kevin. He was a neighborhood kid who ended up fulfilling a dream.
Dawn said a few days ago that Kevin was the most approachable person she knows in the White Sox organization, he had no pretense and was genuinely interested in what you had to say when you spoke to him. I couldn't agree more.
Meatballs, huh? Here is how some 3,000 hit club members did lifetime against Kevin Hickey:
- George Brett, 0 for 15
- Wade Boggs, 1 for 11
- Paul Molitor, 1 for 7
- Cal Ripken, Jr, 1 for 6
- Rod Carew, 1 for 5
- Carl Yastrzemski, 0 for 2
I liked Kevin, and I'll really miss seeing him at the ballpark and saying hi.
Karen, I didn't know Kevin yet I want you and your family to know that we are thinking of you. Don and Nancy Shepard
So sorry to hear about Kevin!! We went to HS together! Hope he finds a ball field in heaven!
My family was always so proud to watch a southside boy pitch for the sout'siders. Prayers to your family from ours.
The Nowak Family
I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF PLAYING SOFTBALL WITH YOU AT KELLY PARK. YOU WERE ALWAYS AT YOUR BEST. REST IN PEACE.
Rest in peace Kevin. I have fond memories playing fast pitching off the wall at Burroughs playground with you while subbing for Cuzlik and Tomaso. I also remember Karen and her girlfriends singing "My Boyfriend's Back".
Dear Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I never had the opportunity to meet him personally and based on everything i am hearing he was a wonderful man. may God watch over you and give you strength and peace in this difficult time. Someone here on Earth has a special Angel watching over them right now. Sincerely, Joni Phillips (Dan N. aunt Joni)
My deepest sympathies to Kevin Hickey's family and friends. I was the president of his fan club back in the 80's White Sox days. He was very sweet, writing me back when I wrote a letter to him and he always would sit down with a stack of pictures to autograph for me to hand out to his fan club members. When I was in college and broke, he autographed pictures that I sold to fans so I could buy school supplies & books, or pay the bills at home since we were struggling. Kevin was more than a ball player to me back then...he was a wonderful man too, who probably didn't realize his autographed pictures helped keep a roof over the head of a struggling family and helped a girl through college. RIP Kevin.
i played with kevin and against he was the b
est centerfielder in the game at that time. john morris
Deepest sympathies to the entire Hickey family. I lived across the street from his parents on Mason in Chicago. Many times I sat with his mom discussing how proud she was of her children. Kevin will be missed by many.
To my Aunt Kathy and all my Cousin's i am sorry for your loss, we all were so proud of Kevin and he will be greatly missed. Love to all of you. Keith Aratin-West
To the Hickey Family,
My heartfelt sympathies, I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
To the Hickey family, I am sorry for your loss. Memories are the best, I know "Kevin" is in heaven striking out the side for a one, two, three inning. I remember one game where "Kevin" struck out the great "Reggie Jackson" what a moment. Thanks for the good times....
Bucky and all of the Hickey Family,
I could not be sorrier for the great loss you are suffering. I know how proud you were of him, and so were we all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He was one of the good guys.
Sue (Kus) Gow
You will be sorely missed our friend! Our deepest sympathies to all in your family. Barbara and Aaron Michaelson
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
My heart goes out to Kevin's entire family. I watched Kevin pitch his heart out nearly everyday at Burroughs playground playing 'fast pitch' against the wall. We were all very proud of him when he made the Sox team and followed his career for these many years. God bless him.
Patricia Tomaso (Teach)
My son now pitches in college partly due to Kevin's coaching. He was a great instructor. Caring, humor, patience and encouragement were what he was about. RIP Southsider. You will be missed. You are now pitching on the Lord's team. God bless the Hickey family.
Chuck and Logan Jeffrey
Kevin Hickey is ahero, to me and many ! He went for the dream and made it happen ! He hit some tough bumps in the road and made it back in a big way! Hick you made Fantasy Camp, Spring Training, and every day better by just being there !
Love you man!
I remember Kevin kicking our butts at Burroughs at wall ball and football. I was a summer visitor from Minnesota. I went to a twins game back in Mpls with my Boys and found Kevin in the bull pen..of course He was great to us. Hi Jimmy...and sorry for your loss.
To the Hickey Family-
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kim Caputo Villa
You will be Greatly missed!! Kevin was my Idol growing up on 35th st. I used to watch him play fast pitch against the wall untill I heard him going for a try-out with the White Sox! The whole Neighborhood was so proud when he "made it"! Kevin lived all of our Dreams as kids! RIP Buddy!
To the family of Kevin Hickey may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
Kevin was a great guy and always a gentleman whever I saw him.I admired the trip he took to the major leagues and the perseverance he displayed to get back with the baltimore Orioles.
The love you have within your family will help you through this difficult time. Hang onto your memories!
Kevin is and always will be the epitome of everything Chicago.. and everything White Sox. When i think of the Sox, the 1st guy i think of is Kevin. A great loss.
You will always be first in the hearts of White Sox nation.
Our sympathy to the Hickey Family. My husband and I both went to St. Agnes and my husband went to Kelly H.S. with Kevin. Many good memories of Brighton Park. We enjoyed watching his career and seeing him on the "steps" at Sox Park. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed & Sharon (Kenny) Soto
Bucky and Family,
May the love of FAMILY and FRIENDS comfort you during this difficult time and may the memories of Kevin bring a smile to your face always. My deepest sympathy to your entire family!
I had Met Kevin a very long time ago briefly through his brother Tom("Buck") while playing Softball,and Tom and I played basketball together also.Tom was so proud of his Brother Kevin.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,John Ploger
Kevin was a gentleman and a warm person. I was proud he counted me among his friends. Rest in peace, my friend, you deserve nothing less.
Karen and family…..
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the love of your family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Fond memories of Kevin will be had by a great number of Sox fans in addition to Chicagoan's as a whole.
The Kufner's, Ray Sr., Ray Jr., and Daniel
To a fellow Mustang Rest in Peace,Jim Zajac
Our teams at Chicago Fantasy Baseball Camps had the great pleasure of having Kevin play for us and against us. He was an inspiration to those of us who dared to dream. Kevin was one of the rare individuals who had the good fortune to live his and he was truly grateful for the opportunity to do so. We were lucky to have shared some great moments with him and it was our privilege to experience all of them! RIP, Hick, we will miss you.
Fred Duboe (Long Grove, IL.)
My prayers and thoughts go out the Hickey family since we suffered a great loss ourselves a month ago with the passing of our mom. Angelastro family(Chicago and Plainfield,IL)
Please know that your entire Family & Friends have been in our "Thoughts and Prayers" daily since day One. We believe in " The Power of Prayer " as well as Miracles! I just viewed on line the many Photo's of Kevin's Career since His early years, what a Wonderful Legacy he has left for His Family. May God Bless each of you from the Bottom of our Hearts...Love & Peace. The DiVIto Family, Jean, Jenelle, Jan & Jim.
To the Hickey family my thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of need. I will always remember last years "Turkey Bowl" when "Kevin" threw a touchdown pass to my nephew "Vinny", what a proud moment for the "Kerr" family. Thanks for all the positive memories "Kevin".....
Love reading all the memories and kind thoughts from family and friends. My Dad has touched a number of lives. Thank you all again. The last 6 1/2 of weeks have been ruff but hearing all his good helps us smile :) love you Dad <3
Great times in Sarasota. Kevin gave his all to life. May God bless his soul.
Samantha Know That Your In Our Hearts and Prayers We Love You So Much Sweetie and We Are With You Always Im So Sorry For Your Loss God Bless You And Your Family.Love You Baby Girl.Love Always Donald,Teri and Sasha
Kevin, You lived an amazing life. Riding your bike down 35th street to Sox park for your games. A Real Baseball Player and Man.
Rest in peace Kevin. Thanks for all the great memories you provided for us in the clubhouse, the dugout and on the golf course. They were awesome. It will never be the same without you. You loved life, your daughters, your grand kids, and the White Sox. Your life has been an inspiration to many. May all the wonderful memories of you bring comfort and peace to your family during these sad times. I,ll see you on the T-box.
Bucky,I know its been a while.I just want to say my prayers go out to you and yur family.Stay healthy and remember the great times you all had with your brother.Bobby Tito Playa Del Carmen Mexico.
Samantha: May God bless you and your family at this sorrowful time. May your father rest peacefully, in the arms of our Lord.
Michael, Diane and Sean Colwell
My Family lived right next door to the Hickey Family on 36th Street. Kevin's story was amazing and gave others hope. My deepest condolences to all of you for your loss.
Kathy, Sam and Family.....
I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven needed another angel. Your family will be in my prayers. My love to all of you.
As an Orioles and baseball fan, I am saddened to hear this. God speed to Kevin's family.
Kevin and my son Peter Pulkownik were the only 2 kids that were chosen by Bill Veeck when they had the truouts at the old comiskey park. As i remember there was quite a turn out , and these 2 pitchers were noted and as i heard the numbers from Veeck as i sat right behind him. Iam glad to read of his sucess over the years and i send my deep sympathy. my son found other things in life, thus ending a natural talent. glad to hear kevin got to hear the roar of the crowd. god bless you all
My deepest sympathies to Kevins family. I went to St. Agnes with Kevin and also enjoyed watching his career. He made us proud...You now have an angel watching over you...
I went to high school with Kevin and followed his career. A great "south-sider" who defined hard work plus big dreams equals success. Our condolences to the Hickey family, loved ones and friends. May God bless you.
My condolences to family and friends may you find comfort that soon God will "swallow up death forever."
Please accept our deepest condolences. May the GOD of peace and comfort, comfort your family in this time of grief. ATLANTA,GA.
With deepest sympathy to the entire Hickey family, let God be for you a refuge and strength to help you copy during the difficult times ahead. Psalms 46:1 May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure.
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Hickey family. Went to Kelly HS with Bucky and Sam. Will say a special prayer at mass this weekend that God will fill you with His peace. Kevin, may your soul rest in God's everlasting peace. -Diane Krolo
To Kevins Family,My deepest
sympathy to all of you.I played
softball against Kevin at
McKinley Park in the 70's.
Please accept MY deepest condolences. May the GOD,comfort your family in this time of grief
To Kathy and your family,
My condolences to you and your family. Always enjoyed watching your brother knowing he was a local guy.
Joe Weisman-First Boston Chicago Board of Trade
To the Family of Kevin...
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Kevin was a regular guy from the neighborhood that became a hero for all working class kids. We were proud to know him.May he rest in peace and all of you take strength in the fact that he is in God's hands now and for eternity.
My heart goes out to the Hickey family at this difficult time.
I remember the time when me and uncle John babysitted for Kevin when he was a baby.
God bless the Hickey family
Karen, Sam and Family...
So very sorry to hear about Kevin. May you find moments of peace during this difficult time.
Love and Prayers,
Betsy (Nieminski) Kondrot
Remembering the good times in the old neighborhood....our little league days.
My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace Kevin, you will always be remembered for you courage and talent as an athlete, not to mention a good friend. I pray for your family and team mates. Go with God!
TO THE EXTENDED FAMILY & EVERYONE FROM THE "HOOD" THAT KNEW KEVIN, YOU HAVE OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES. WITH LOVE FROM BEVERLIE TYLER & MICHAEL BUSH
To the Family of Kevin Hickey,
My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. God is our refuge and strength a help that is readily to be found in times of distress.-Psalms 46:1
Lord, please provide strength and comfort for his family and close friends. Oh God, hear my prayer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hickey family and friends. We got to know Kevin a little over the last five years at pitching clinics. He was so outstanding with the kids, he had a great way of instilling confidence. We will miss him.
John and Ben Chapman
You, Bucky and your parents always called me Earl and I never knew why, hell I don't think your parents ever knew my name was Phil. I fondly remember playing catch with you and Bucky in the alley and running errands to the fruit stand or Murrays for your mom. You were an inspiration to me as someone who lived out his dreams because you were willing to work harder than anyone else. I never was able to live out my dream of following in your footsteps and being the 2nd guy from Burroughs playground to pitch for the Sox but Thank You for letting me be a little part of your dream. You will never know the impact you had on my life but I will never forget. One of my greatest regrets is losing touch with you and your family after I moved out of the neighborhood. It was always great seeing at games and I will always remember our talk before game 4 in Anaheim in 2005. Heaven gained a true character and fighter this week. God Bless you and your family.
Phil Shook aka Earl
To the Hickeys--Kevin and family lived next to us in Lutherville when he played for the O's--he was so nice to my two little boys who thought he hung the moon, paying attention to them. What a great guy. He will be missed. Peggy, Heyward & Charlie Altman
My condolences to the Hickey family
May the God of all comfort be with you through this difficult time.
Rely on him for strengh.(Psalma 147:3)
I met Kevin when he played for the glens falls
I met Kevin in the days when he played for the Glens Falls White Sox's. , they were some good ole days .. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his many friends and especially his family... Hold tight to those memories which ther are many I am certain...memories never fad. Stay strong foe Kevin's is smiling down on you Mary a glens falls white sox fan from many years ago
To all the Hickey's in your time of grief May God hold you in the palm of His hand....
Jimmy, Bucky, Karen and Cathy, I can't begin to tell how sorry I am for your loss..they don't make em like Kevin anymore and they sure don't make mom's like your mom. Take care of her during these days and let the Coughlin's know if there is anything we can do..anything.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin through thoroughbred racing. When he and his friends formed Hit 'N Run Stable and purchased a filly named Dubious, I was chosen as their trainer. It was always a fun time when Kevin and his friends would come to cheer her on. His big smile and warm hugs will be missed. My sincere condolences are extended to his family, friends and coworkers.
I first met Kevin when he played and pitched against me at Kelly Park in 1971. In the approx 100 times I faced him he won 98 of them...great guy, great competitor. Here's a pic from 1973 Kelly HS Baseball Team. My condolences to his family and all his friends.
Our condolences to the Hickey family. Loved to watch Kevin play softball even though we were usually his opponent. Bonnie & Paul Guenther. 1979 16' World Champion Bobcats.
Karen & Sam,
I am so sorry to hear about Kevin. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
To the Hickey family, we were next door neighbors and would play with Kevin and his siblings at the Borrough school playground across the alley. Fond memories of playing fast pitch against the school walls for hours with Kevin and the others.
Remember following Kevin when he made it into th big leagues which was great since we knew him when.
Sorry to hear of his passing since he bought happiness into many people's lives.
The Navarro family
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Hickey family. God bless
He is pitching on that field of dreams now. Thoughts and prayers to the family
TO THE HICKEY FAMILY... KEVIN WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR HEARTS. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.TO SAM AND KAREN YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS..
BOB AND DIANE FITZPATRICK ALSO KARIE BOBBY BRIAN AND KEVIN ALL FROM MT. GILEAD, OHIO
I 1st met Kevin when i stayed at my Grandmother's house on 47th and Kedzie.He came into Lucy's restaurant for breakfast one day and he signed my glove.My father was a policeman on 35th and he used to sneak me into games.He always signed my autographs and was a complete class act all around.A wonderful man who took time out for me,i'll never forget it.
The Wilk family of Sarasota and Chicago offers its deepest sympathy and condolences to Kevin's family and friends. We lived 2 doors away from his Auntie Jean on Merrimac in Chicago before moving down to Florida. When Kevin was with the White Sox he played pitcher and catcher with the kids on the street on our front lawns. He always had time and something for the kids. In later years, he always found away to get me a ball at a ballgame no matter what stadium I was at in the USA and I been at a lot of them regardless of coaching or playing. One of the best moments with Kevin was in Houston Game 4 of the World Series. He had Houston police and Ushers stop me from going to the washroom and dinner since he wanted to give a ball and take a picture with me. We flew in from Chicago. He thought the occasion was significant and thought the White Sox would win that day and they did.
Again, get ready to pitch in Heaven. You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!
Rich and Sandy Wilk
Sunny Sarasota Florida formerly from 51 st and Merrimac Ave. in Chicago.
To The Hickey Family (Jimmy, Bucky, Karen, Sam & Mom)
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Kevin. I know you are a close knit family and I can't imagine the pain you are feeling right now from your loss. I want to send flowers but I am stuck in the middle of the Caribbean working a cruise ship. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are all in my prayers. Rest in Peace Kevin. Love,
Rest in Peace. Kevin Hickey went about his job the right way and was an inspiration to anyone who watched him pitch.
We love and will miss you always, Uncle Kevin!
I first met Kevin in 1975, Marshalltown, Iowa, the 16" National softball tournament. It was Danans vs the Strikers, the defending champs. I can remember as if it was yesterday, Kevin was playing centerfield, we were down by a run and we had two men on base. I hit the ball over Kevin's head, all of us scored and we had defeated the defending champs. But...
The past 4 years, my daughter and I traveled to Arizona to watch the Sox train. Every year, I'll find Kevin and yell to him.. "Kevin. 1975, Marshalltown, Iowa!" His big smile and a thumbs-up always had us laughing. Next year, I will miss Kevin. Although, we are not mutual friends, I feel that he is a friend to me.
RIP, Kevin. Our Sox world has lost a great individual, gone, but never forgotten.
Please accept our deepest condolences. May the GOD of peace and comfort, comfort your family in this time of grief. ATLANTA, GA.
Our deepest sympathy to the Hickey family.It came as a shock when we first heard of his passing.He will be deeply missed by all those who came in contact with him.Family,relatives,friends and just baseball fans.I had the honor of knowing Kevin for more than thirty years.The Bob Cats,trying out for the Sox(and making the team),his first game with a busload of guys from the BPAA,our club,the turkey bowl and I could go on and on.One of my favorites was when I went with him to Palermos pizza where he signed autographs and passed out pictures.I felt like a big shot.I hope the family is still in possesion of the 2'x3' picture my son Peter took at camera day at old Sox park.May you have some comfort in knowing that Kev was loved by all.He led a full life and I guess God wanted him closer to Him. Rest in peace Kev.
Kevin may u RIP, My deepest sympathy to your Family,
to Anna D'gata Kevins life friend.
To Kevin's family - our deepest sympathies for your loss. We have wonderful memories of Kevin during his time in Glens Falls, NY. (Double AA White Sox)
I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time of grief.
It was a honor to know and look up to such a good man.He was a great example to all!!He was as great of a person as he was an athlete.(and that's saying something!!) He Will be greatly missed by all. Thoughts and prayers To the rest of the incredible Hickey family!!!!GOD BLESS
"may God Bless Kevin Hickey and his family".Having grow up in Chicago we are very proud of what you accomplished with the White Sox you will always be remembered !God bless you!
A REAL LOVER OF THE GAME OF BASEBALL!!!
Everyone who knew Kevin from his ice hockey days at Northwest Ice Rink in Baltimore Maryland is very sorry to hear of his passing.Kevin was a down to earth and very funny guy. It was our pleasure to have known Kevin . I hope he's playing on the big field in heaven. Steve Wirth , Baltimore Clippers 1975-77
The losss of a loved one can be overwhelming, my condolences to your family, may the God. Of comfort give you peace.
It was a pleasure to have known Kevin. Always upbeat and positive, most of all he could make you laugh at any given moment.
Loved to listen to his stories of MLB and couldn't wait to see what kind of zaniness he would cook up at a drop of a hat.
True professional, happy he was able to get back in the game. R.I.P Lefty, condolences to the Hickey family you lost a great one!
To the the family of Kevin Hickey - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
An Orioles fan that loved the way Kevin went about things. God bless.
May God bless you and your family in the days ahead.
A great pitcher and a fan favorite.
To the family of Kevin Hickey may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
god bless youand your family
My dearest Kristin, I just read that your Dad passed away. God bless him. He has had a huge struggle these past several weeks and now his suffering is over. So young and so sudden. It doesn't seem real. I will be there for YOU and your sister. Whatever you need, both of you, I will make it happen. Prayers for Dad in Heaven and his girls. You comforted me when I lost my Mom 3-1/2 months ago and now I will comfort you. xoxo
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My condolences to the Hickey family. I pray that your family has comfort from Psalm 145:14.
R.I.P. KEVIN. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. YOU WILL BE MISS BY UR FANS, UR TEAMMATES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MAY GOD GIVE UR FAMILY ALL THE STRENGTH DURING TIME. GOD BLESS U ALL.
Great memories of Kevin's pitching and great personality as part of the 1989 Why not? Orioles. He'll always be part of my thoughts of the wonderful season
I remember Kevin as a great player for the Bobcats. As a former 16" soft ball player, I wish I had the honor of playing with or against him; however, my playing day were in the early Bob Lamont era. A great guy; may God bless him and his family.
With deepest sympathy to the Hickey family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
Baseball will miss him. He'll pitch in the All Star game in Hevan. My thoughts & prayers to go to family & fans as well as the Sox & the Birds
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Will always have a soft spot in my heart for Kevin. He came to Streator, IL to play baseball and soft ball with a bunch of "old" guys...one from the old neighborhood in Chicago...signed baseballs, bats and made the kids of Streator, especially mine (Susan & Brian Gibbons) some lucky and happy fans!!! We will miss you Kevin...
My deepest sympathy to his family, you and Kevin will be in my prayers! Kathy Gibbons
great player will be missed deeply