Ted Beard

Ted Beard

90, professional baseball player and WWII veteran, passed away December 30, 2011 with his family by his side. Ted, voted most popular player for the Indianapolis Indians in 1948 and 1951, began his professional career in 1941. His career was interrupted to serve in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He was also the recipient of the State of Indiana, Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash in August 1986. Survivors include three children, Robin Foster, Ted Beard, and Steven Beard; grandchildren, Teddy Beard and Dawn Beard; seven great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Brigitte Saur. Ted was preceded in death by his wife Laura of 55 years. Services will be held at a later date. Harry W. Moore Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements.

Published by The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 1, 2012.
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Ted was my outfield coach with White Soxs..I greatly appreciated his professionalism and quiet manner. There are people you remember in baseball that showed you how to be a professional..Ted was one
sam ewing
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January 11, 2021
Ted and his wife lived on Dexter one block east of our house back in 1956-57 in Indianapolis, IN. He was my and my best friends favorite ballplayer and if he was in his prime today he would easily be a multi-million dollar a year player. He had plenty of power and was the fastest ballplayer we ever saw. He was also a fine gentleman and we will always remember him with great adoration.
Jim Clark
January 5, 2012
I'm emailing from Canada. I had contacted Ted twenty-five years ago and at that time he answered a questionnaire regarding the years he played in the Pacific Coast League. Ted played parts of nineteen seasons in the Minor Leagues, seventeen of them at the AAA level. Not really known as a long ball threat he did however have that big game during the 53 seaon playing with Hollywood when he hit four homerns against the San Diego Padres at Lane Field in San Diego. Ted Beard was one of my Baseball Card Heroes.
Barry McMahon
January 5, 2012
As a member of the old "Knot Hole Gang" I too was privileged to watch AAA Baseball at its best.Rest in peace Teddy, and thanks for the great memories.
Scott McAtee
Lake Suzy, FL
January 4, 2012
Ted also needs to be remembered as one of the few men to ever hit a home run over the right field grandstand at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Not many accomplished that, and among those that did were Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Stargell. Pretty fancy company! RIP.
Bob Sproule
January 4, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Joseph Devine
January 4, 2012
For many of the Indianapolis Indians' seasons Ted lived at our home on Michigan Street. He was like a big brother (a famous one at that). We were the envy of the kids in the neighborhood. Always soft spoken at home, but lived up to his nickname of "Little Mighty" on the ball field.
Sally Sheldon Hurst
January 2, 2012
As editor and publisher of the American Association Almanac (www.almanacfield.com) I mourn the passing of Ted Beard and regret this loss of a former Indianapolis Indians' star player. Hope someone drapes old Victory Field with some banners in his tribute.
Rex Hamann
January 2, 2012
Watching Ted Beard play the outfield at old Victory Field was a treat. Like so many ballplayers, his best shot at the Majors was trumped by World War II. But he never eased up and was an example for all who were privileged to watch him play baseball.
January 2, 2012
So many wonderful childhood memories of Ted. I grew up two doors over from him. Especially all the trips to his wonderful garden. He had such a green thumb. Every year his garden got bigger and bigger. Will never forget how kind he was to me growing up. Used to just wonder over to his house and he was always so kind. May you rest in peace joining Laura in heaven.
Amy Lindner Schwab
January 1, 2012
Used to watch him play at Victory Field as part of the Knot Hole Gang for youngsters,and then later on in life.
He was quite a ball player and a gentleman.
Rest in peace Ted.
Harold Drummond
January 1, 2012
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