In Memory

Richard F. Baumgarten

Richard "Richie" F. Baumgarten passed away on January 31, 2022 in Kenosha.  Richie was born on November 19, 1946 in New York to Frank and Minnie Baumgarten.  The family moved to Kenosha when he was young.  Richie attended Grant Elementary, Washington Jr. High, and Bradford.  He was a multi-disciplined athlete running cross-country track, playing football, basketball and, especially baseball in which he excelled as a pitcher and outfielder.  In 1964, he signed a contract to play with the Cincinnati Reds.  He was also named American Legion Player of the Year and named to the All Big-Eight team that year.  

Richie was employed by Sears Roebuck for most of his adult life.  He was predeceased by his parents and a sister . Per Richie's wishes, no services were held.  His ashes will be interred at Green Ridge Cemetery in the Spring.

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02/09/22 11:06 PM #1    

James J. Farrell

I remember Rich. He was an excellent baseball play. I thought, he however, broke his ankle or leg slidding into 2nd base. I did not know him well, but he was a humble guy. I am sorry to hear about his passing. 

02/10/22 12:17 PM #2    

Alan E. Bella

I knew Rich when we went to school together, Grant, Washington and then BHS.  He was an excellent baseball player and could hit a ball a mile.  We had some good times in Jr. high.  Rest in Peace, my friend.


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