Tom McDevitt Obituary, Former Eastern Illinois Baseball Coach, Has Passed Away

Tom McDevitt Obituary, Death – Tom “Skip” McDevitt, 88, died this past weekend. He had been the baseball coach at Eastern Illinois University and a graduate of the school’s baseball program. On December 25, 1934, he entered the world in Effingham, Illinois. McDevitt was an All-IIAC second baseman for Eastern Illinois University in 1955 and 1956. In 1955, he finished with a.474 batting average, good for first on the squad. McDevitt received a professional baseball deal with the St. Louis Cardinals after his time at Eastern Illinois University and spent several years in the Cardinals’ minor league organization.

Between 1978 and 1988, he led Eastern Illinois University’s baseball team to 299 victories as the program’s head coach. In 1978, his team finished in fifth place nationally, and in 1981, his team finished in second place. He led the team to two division titles in the regular season and five consecutive runner-up finishes in the Mid-Continent Conference postseason tournament as they made the jump to NCAA Division I. Two first-round picks in the MLB Draft were from McDevitt’s roster, while five of his former players went on to play in the majors. McDevitt served as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds, the Kansas City Royals, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Cleveland Indians after his time as the head baseball coach at Eastern Illinois University.

McDevitt attended Effingham High School and Eastern Illinois University to receive his bachelor’s degree. He attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a master’s degree. In 1994, McDevitt was honored by being inducted into the EIU Athletic Hall of Fame. On July 22 at 10:30 AM, Reverend Father John Titus will preside over a funeral liturgy at Sacred Heart Church in Effingham. Interment will take place in Effingham’s St. Anthony Cemetery. On July 21st, from 4-7 pm, guests are welcome to pay their respects at the Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham. Tom had asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in place of flowers.

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