Tom Hall Athlete, post-1960

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Athlete, post-1960

Tom graduated from Chemawa Junior High (1961), Ramona High School (1965), and Riverside City College (1966). Tom was all CIF at Ramona High School in 1965 and MVP at Riverside Community College in 1966. Tom was drafter by Manager, Bill Rigney in 1966 and played 11 years in professional baseball with the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. In the 1972 World Series, his ERA was 0.00. He holds the Major League record of 8 1/3 scoreless innings by a reliever in World Series play. Tom was the first Riverside native to win a World Series ring. He was nicknamed “The Blade” because of his 6’0”, 148 pound frame. He had a career 52-33 won-loss record, with 63 saves in 358 game appearances.

After completing twelve years of baseball Tom retired in 1978 and began a new career at Rohr Aero Space as a prefit supervisor for three years. Due to economic cutbacks he was laid off in 1981. Tom then began a new career with the United States Post Office where he was a mail carrier for over twenty years. His territories included Hemet , Riverside , La Sierra and Rubidoux. In November 2002, Tom retired from the working force to spend more time with his family and became more involved with the community. His hobbies include, but are not limited to, bowling with his son at Tava Lanes, fishing and taking trips with his wife, Grace, to Morro Bay . Tom has two adult children, Kristi Hall and T.J. Hall. The pride of his life is his new grandchild, Kadin, and he is thoroughly enjoying his new role as “Grandpa.”


  1. michael towl says:

    Tom, they couldn’t publish a better picture of you? Do you remember me and “mad puppy” robert taylor. I remember the pix on your wall of the players that had the talent but were doing other things. Hey how bout some comp time? Do you remember “c” type? The old man. Sorry to hear about Buswell. E-mail me man.

  2. john w. miller says:

    Hello Tom Edward, I am your first cousin, born in Thomasville 1949, two years after you. I hope you remember me throwing you a note in the bullpen when you played for the Mets in 1975, and you met me after the game and took me in the clubhouse and showed me around. I have lived in NY since graduating high school in Tville in 1967. I also lived in LA from July 1993 to June 1999, and left when my Mother (your Aunt Flossie) passed away in Tville. I stayed back in NC until moving back to NY in 2002 and married my wife Ann. While living in LA, I always said I was going to try and contact you, but unfortunately, never did. I just finally got a home computer, so I said to myself, look up your cousin in Cal. I hope you respond to this email, so maybe we can keep intouch somewhat. I work for the NYSE and my wife works for a law firm, so I am not asking for any thing, just contact. Take care. Hope to hear from you.

  3. Danny Greenwood says:

    Tom and I were the only two guys in our class at Chemawa Jr. High that bucked the social pressures and took “Home Economics” and were taught to cook and sew. I remember we made our own aprons for Mr. Zinc’s Woodshop class. Tom has been a great guy since Junior High. Strong minded, great values, easy company. The character and the integrity has been there from when he was very young. I remember other men from our Junior High School class. It is interesting how those memories stick with me better than the more recent events. My step father taught Barry Bonds. Riverside has produced some stellar athletes.