UL Washington, Royals great known for playing with toothpick in mouth, dead at 70


U.L. Washington, a former MLB shortstop who was recognized for enjoying with a toothpick in his mouth throughout his 11-year profession, reportedly died on Sunday after a battle with most cancers. He was 70.

The Canadian Baseball Community first reported Washington’s passing, and his former teammates expressed their condolences on social media. George Brett was amongst them.

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U.L. Washington of the Kansas Metropolis Royals poses earlier than a MLB sport at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois.  (Ron Vesely/Getty Pictures)

“So sorry to listen to my buddy my workforce mate UL Washington has died of most cancers he was an excellent participant I’ll all the time be grateful of our time along with the Royals,” Brett wrote on X.

Washington performed for the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1977 to 1987. He hit .251 with 27 house runs and 255 RBI in 907 profession video games. He helped the Royals to an American League pennant in 1980 when he hit .364 with an RBI and a double towards the New York Yankees.

Kansas Metropolis misplaced the World Collection in six video games to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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UL Washington vs Phillies

U.L. Washington of the Kansas Metropolis Royals bats in the course of the World Collection towards the Philadelphia Phillies at Royals Stadium in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri in October of 1980. (Concentrate on Sport through Getty Pictures)

Washington was a fan favourite for what he had in his mouth as he performed — a toothpick. He defined to The Kansas City Star he selected to maintain the toothpick in his mouth as a result of tobacco burned his mouth. The toothpick reached a fever pitch in 1980 sparking discuss doubtlessly banning it in MLB. However it by no means got here to fruition.

“I’d a lot quite be remembered as a reasonably good participant, however I understand most individuals will bear in mind me because the man with the toothpick,” the advised the Oklahoman in 1988.

“I really feel I’ve had a reasonably good profession, particularly wanting again at how I received into skilled baseball.”

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UL Washington in 1986

U.L. Washington #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats throughout a Main League Baseball sport at Three Rivers Stadium in 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (George Gojkovich/Getty Pictures)

The Oklahoma native was a supervisor in a number of minor league methods after his taking part in profession was over. He was additionally credited with serving to Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts flip into an influence hitter.

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