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Herman Charles Reich

Herman Charles Reich, 91, died Thursday, October 22, 2009. Born November 23, 1917, in Bell, CA, he lived in Fallbrook for more than 42 years, where he worked as an avocado rancher after his retirement from professional baseball in 1965.

He spent more than 22 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, including a season in the major leagues in which he played first base and right field for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. He proudly served in the United States Army and Army Air Force during World War II.

A lifelong athlete, he coached youth sports and was an avid tennis player, golfer and sport fisherman well into his golden years. His love of baseball carried him to many Padres games, old-timer reunions and storytelling sessions with old teammates and friends.

Mr. Reich is survived by his wife of 13 years, Victoria Reich of Fallbrook; son and daughter-in-law Ted and Lisa Reich of West Point, NY; daughter and son-in-law Joan and Jim Fleming of Huntington Beach; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Paula Reich of Etna; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 28, followed by interment at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery.

Herm Reich will always be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, zest for life and great love for family and friends.


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