Wallace Henry "Wally" Keogh Jr.

June 8, 1934 - March 10, 2014 Wallace 'Wally' Henry Keogh Jr. passed away peacefully in Irvine CA. He was born to Genevive and Wallace Sr. in Cheyenne, Wyo.; moving to San Diego soon after. He started a love for baseball at an early age shagging balls for Ted Williams. He was drafted by Ted's team the Boston Red Sox in 1952 as a power hitting catcher. He once pounded a hit off the left field wall against Don Larson, a few years later Larson pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the World Series. His career ended with a rotor cuff injury in the minor leagues. He also hit a home run off of Eddie Feigner (King and his Court). Fiegner struck out 90% of the batters he faced, including major leaguers. Wally and Clairette Sawyer were married in 1954 and started their family of six kids in 1955. He was awarded a scholarship for coaching Torero baseball at USD and graduated as a business major. He was regional sales manager for Mobil Oil Distribution in the 1960's when he enabled the then disposed and future Governor of Baja California, Roberto de la Madrid in operating gas stations along the U.S. border. Madrid sent annual notes of years, thanking Wally for helping him when few others would. He later entered the landscape industry in sales, management, and ownership. Ever present the salesman, in retirement he used his sales skills at Lowe's Chula Vista. Wally's great love was coaching kids, from Pony League in La Mesa; to Little League in Lemon Grove, where his teams were tops in hitting and fielding; to Pop Warner Football, head coaching for years at the Los Toros Football Association, winning several championships. Wally was easily liked, always upbeat, and instilled a 'never quit' attitude in his players and his children. He is survived by Clairette Keogh, Kriss, Janel, Troy, Daryl, Patrick, Kevin Keogh; 11 grand children and 3 great grand children. A memorial celebration is pending, for further information contact kriss@k2group-la.com

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 18 to Mar. 23, 2014