Dave Ricketts has died of renal failure.
He is mostly remembered as a longtime Cardinal coach and catching instructor. He spent his last season as a player – 1970 – as a Pirate. His first gig as a coach was also with the Bucs, starting immediately after his playing career ended. Ricketts joined the Pirates after the 1969 season as part of the trade that saw Dave Giusti come to the steel city in exchange for Carl Taylor.
Ricketts played college basketball at Duquesne. In the 1974 book (written about the 1973 season) Out of Leftfield, Willie Stargell describes Ricketts as being the hardest working coach and a counselor to the young Pirate players on the team. During his stint as Pirates coach, Ricketts lost his 12 year old son to cancer.
After leaving the Pirates, he spent a good chunk of the next 20 years as a Major League coach for St. Louis.