Sunday, June 3, 2007

Frisco Edwards Dies

Salem Pilot Dies Suddenly
BREMERTON, Fri. May 24 — Leo (Frisco) Edwards, 55, of Salem, Ore., who had devoted his life to baseball, died of a heart attack Friday as he cat chatting with friends in the empty Bremerton stands about the game he loved.
The Bremerton team officials with whom he was talking said Edwards slumped suddenly to the floor. He was hurried to a hospital, where Dr. Kenneth Jackson said be had died immediately when stricken.
The saddened Salem team of the Western International league which Edwards had led to a new league record of 13 straight victories at the season's start, took a vote and decided to play their regularly scheduled game against Bremerton.
"The boys thought it would have been what Frisco wanted," said Catcher Woody Salmon, who took over as manager of the league leading club.
Edwards grew up in Salem and managed semi-pro and Junior Legion clubs there before becoming an umpire in the Pacific Coast League.
He dropped umpiring this year to take over the management of his home town team.
Survivors include the widow and a five-year-old son, Carl Thomas Edwards, at Salem.

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