In Memory of Keith Drumright

Former OU Baseball Player Keith Drumright Dies
August 9, 2010

(c) Houston Astros

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Former University of Oklahoma baseball player Keith Drumright died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on August 5. He was 55 years old.

Drumright was an All American in 1974 and 1976 and a three-time All-Big 8 second baseman.

The Springfield, Missouri native was a 4th round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 1976 amateur draft. He went on to play two Major League seasons -- one with the Houston Astros in 1978 and one with the Oakland Athletics in 1981.

Known for his speed and defense on the field, Drumright was described by former teammates and coaches as a quiet, hard-working player who always arrived to the ballpark in a good mood.

Keith Alan Drumright (obituary)
Springfield (MO) News-Leader
August 9, 2010

Keith Alan Drumright, age 55, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010, in his home. He was born October 21, 1954, in Springfield, Mo., to Robert J. and Carol (Snider) Drumright. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Keith played major league baseball for many years and continued to be associated with baseball the rest of his days. He was employed by Harry Cooper Supply Company for the past 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his soul mate, Susan Drumright, of Springfield; one brother, Kenneth Drumright, of Overland Park, Kansas; two daughters, Stacy Lynne and Amy Marie, both of Springfield; and six grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns Hospice. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, Mo.

Former Astros and Athletics second baseman Keith Drumright passes
by Alex Schuhart, Inside Pulse
August 20, 2010

Keith Drumright, who played for the Houston Astros in 1978 and the Oakland Athletics in 1981, passed away on August 7 at the age of 55.

Though short, his big league career was notable -- he played a role in the Athletics’ playoff effort in 1981, collecting a hit in four at-bats in the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals, a series which the Athletics won. They ended up losing to the New York Yankees in the Championship Series later that year.

Drumright first appeared in the majors with the Houston Astros in 1978, hitting .164 in 17 at-bats. He did not play in the major leagues in 1979 or 1980, however he performed well in his next big league stint—in 86 at-bats with the Athletics in 1981, he hit .291 with a triple and 11 RBI.

He began his professional career in 1976 and quickly displayed two of his most important abilities—though he didn’t hit for power or steal a lot of bases, he did hit for average and strike out very little. In fact, in his first three minor league seasons he posted batting averages of .319, .292 and .311.

After his brief stay in the major leagues, he returned to the minors for the 1982 season—and hit .329. Overall, Drumright had a .301 career minor league batting average.