Paul Lindblad - Emerald Hills Memorial Park - Kennedale, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 38.879 W 097° 12.914
14S E 667396 N 3613670
Quick Description: Paul Lindblad played Major League Baseball from 1965 to 1978, primarily as a relief pitcher for the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers, with a stint with the New York Yankees at the end of his career.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2020 10:54:02 AM
Waymark Code: WM12RE5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
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Long Description:
Paul Lindblad passed on at the early age of 64 from Alzheimer's complications, and unfortunately, one of his daughters passed on from the same affliction, ten years younger than her father was. There is a granite bench here for both her and her sister (who is still with us as of this posting), with their important dates listed. There is no indication as to whether this is a memorial bench for Cindy (Lindblad) Moore, if she is buried here, or if her ashes have been scattered here.

Mr. Lindblad rests in peace in the Garden of Angels near the front of the cemetery. His final resting place is marked by a black marble headstone, with an upper body shot of him in his Yankees uniform incised into the headstone. A baseball diamond is superimposed upon two baseball bats, and a baseball is in the center of the diamond. Three pennants reflect the three teams for whom he played: The Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics, and the New York Yankees. Two banners across the top and bottom of the diamond are a nod to both the man and his family, reading "Your field of Dreams...Our Champion!" His signature is also etched into the headstone, and the inscription reads:

Paul Aaron Lindblad
August 9, 1941
January 1, 2006

There is also a vase on the headstone, removed just for a moment to take better photos, and there were flowers in it, noting that someone is visiting.
A Kansas native, Paul Lindblad was primarily a middle reliever throughout his career, with the bulk of his starts occurring early on. He broke into the Major Leagues with the Kansas City Athletics in 1965, moving with the team to Oakland in 1968. In 1971, he was traded to the Washington Senators, moving with them to Arlington, TX to become the Texas Rangers in 1972. He returned to the A's in 1973, winning two championships with the team during their dynasty (which attracted the attention of a young QDV, who became an A's nut for awhile) and was the last pitcher to throw to the great Willie Mays. In 1975, he combined with Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, and Rollie Fingers for an oddball no-hitter against the (then) California Angels on the final day of the season. He returned to the Rangers for a few seasons before finishing his career with the New York Yankees, making an appearance in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was ineffective, unfortunately, but he did earn a third championship ring. The Yankees sold his contract to the Seattle Mariners during the post-season, but he did not make it past spring training, retiring to his home in Arlington in 1979. He became a custom home builder for awhile, and served as a minor league instructor in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before being diagnosed with early-onset Familial Alzheimer's Disease (FAD) in 1993. The disease destroyed him fairly quickly -- it also claimed his mother and several siblings, as well as his daughter -- and he spent the last nine years of his life in assisted living before passing on in 2006.

Besides being an effective reliever, Lindblad was known to be an excellent fielding pitcher, at one time holding a record for 385 errorless appearances. At the time he retired, he had recorded the seventh-most appearances (655) of any left-hander in history: To show how the game has changed, he no longer holds the #7 spot, and is well down in the 160s range!

Date of birth: 8/9/1941

Date of death: 1/1/2006

Area of notoriety: Sports

Marker Type: Horizontal Marker

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Dusk to Dawn

Fee required?: No

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