Woodson G. Held (Woodie)
Woodson George Held born March 25, 1932 in Sacramento, California, the son of deceased Fred G. and Julia Agnes (Chapman) Held passed away peacefully at home with loved ones on June 10, 2009 after a battle with cancer. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He is survived by his wife Nadine Elizabeth (Mast) Held of 57 years, his children Cinda Cornwell and husband Richard of Galt, California, Joy Brown and husband Tony of Sacramento, California, Woodson Held and wife Teresa of Platteville, Colorado, Sherry Mitchell and husband Dale of Trevose, Pennsylvania, and Roxanne Plummer and husband Richard of Dubois, Wyoming, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Woodie grew up in Sacramento, California and graduated from Sacramento High School. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Yankees in 1954; Athletics 1957-1958, Cleveland Indians 1958-1964, Washington Senators 1965, Baltimore Orioles 1966-1967 when they won the 1966 World Series, California Angels 1967-1968, and Chicago White Sox 1968-1969. In 1961 Woodie moved his family to Dubois, Wyoming after purchasing the Big Diamond Ranch. When he wasn't at spring training, he was running the ranch, and hunting and fishing. He was inducted into the Sacramento Athlete Hall of Fame on December 10, 1965. After he retired from baseball he did not slow down. He raced snowmobiles for the Arctic Cat Corporation and opened Dubois' first Pizza Parlor. He was a partner with a few of his friends in the design and creation of the first little league baseball field in Dubois. Woodie had the great honor of being chosen as one of the top 100 Cleveland Indians baseball player during their 100th year anniversary celebration in 2001. He was a longtime member of the fantasy baseball camps, and participated in many celebrity charity golf tournaments.
He enjoyed his last years in Wyoming fishing, snowmobiling, and four wheeling. Woodie always had such a passion for life. Always up for a challenge and loved life to the extreme. Woodie will be deeply missed by his family and the many who were blessed to meet him.
Per Woodie's wishes, there will be a celebration of his life in the near future in Dubois, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice. Arrangements by Davis Funeral Home, Riverton, Wyoming (davisfuneralhome.com)
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