Pedro Armando Sanchez

April 29, 1930 - February 8, 2016
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Pedro Armando Sanchez, 85 was called by the Lord on February 8th, 2016.  Mr. Sanchez is preceded in death by his parents Refugio & Simona Sanchez, brothers, Jesus Sanchez, Tomas Sanchez, Jose Sanchez, sisters Maria Ramos, Delia Munoz, and Mela Rendoni.

Mr. Sanchez is survived by his loving wife Delia J. Sanchez of 66 years of marriage and his children Armando(Donna) Sanchez of Dallas, J. Albert(Clare) Sanchez, Elva(Ruben) Rios of Houston, Delia(Enrique) Garcia, Amelia(Jesus)Rodriguez, David(Sandra) Sanchez of Corpus Christi, Javier(Cecilia) Sanchez, Patsy(Carlos) Villarreal of San Antonio, Irene Litman as well as, 27 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and his  sister, Ofelia Saldivar.

Sanchez was an outfielder who started playing ball at the age of 15 during the World War II days.  Both on and off the playing field, his conduct had been that of a gentleman.  His skills, ability and loyalty had contributed greatly to a successful baseball season.

To some boys in the grandstand, he was a hero.  His conduct and the way he played the game had a profound influence on the life of youngsters.  Armando was fast becoming a crowd favorite with the fans because he was a boy who gave every play the old college try, and hustling on every ball hit.

He was an all-star in the American Legion Baseball program.  His professional career started soon after that playing in the Rio Grande Valley League with McAllen, and later in 1949, with the Laredo Apaches.  Sanchez played football at one time when Laredo veterans got together and played an Army-Navy game at Shirley Field in-between the baseball season.  Sanchez was the leading ground gainer for the Laredo team.

During the years of 1951-53, Sanchez played at La Mesa and Sweetwater Texas, Artesia, and Carlsbad, New Mexico, Baton Rouge, LA, and Alexander City, AL.

The speedy centerfield led the Laredo All-Stars to the State semi-finals.  He had saved many a hit by his ability to cover centerfield, and had a remarkable talent for coming in on those line drives behind second base to make shoestring catches.  He was known as “The Spider” for his talent of being able to hang from the fence to make the sensational catch of a long fly ball.  Armando’s game-saving catches made him the most outstanding player of the season at Sportsman’s Park at the Longhorn League All-Star game.

Sanchez played in the Mexican Winter League and the Mexican Summer League.  In the 1950, Armando hit 3 triples in one game while playing in Guadalajara, Mexico.  He was voted  “Rookie of the Year” in Culiacan, Mexico in 1953-54, while batting .320 and being known for his solid batting and his flashy fielding.  Sanchez played in Victoria, Canada returning in 1955 to the Mexican Coast where he played for Jalisco.  Armando played for the Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes in 1955 where he was known for hitting 3 homeruns in one game.  He won the Batting Champion title with a .353 average for smashing out doubles to drive runs in.

In 1981, he was inducted to the Latin Sport Hall of Fame.  In 1998, Armando was recognized with the Mule Frazier Memorial Award, and in September 2013, he was given an award for the only player to hold a record for hitting 3 triples in one game in the Laredo area.

Sanchez continued with the love of the sport by volunteering with the Laredo Optimist Little League.  He coached All Star teams with the Hillside Little League, and was an assistant coach with the Del Mar Little League program from 1995-2000, in which his grandson played.

Sanchez has shed many rays of happiness across the pathways of lives.  His joy and passion he brought to the game became legendary.

He was a member of San Martin de Porres where he served as Eucharistic Minister.  He volunteered his time at Bethany House, Nixon High School Band Parent Association, United High School Parent Association, and played a big role in building Holy Family Church.  The religious education took place at their home on Saturday mornings for a number of years.  He was very involved with his children’s sporting events, band practices, and church activities.  He was a devoted husband and a loving father.  He will be remembered for his strong religious belief in the Catholic faith that he instilled upon his children.

The family will receive guest, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, where a holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church.  Cremation services will follow at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, Texas (956)723-3611.  You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services

Address:

1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church

Address:

1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Cremation Associates of Laredo

Address:

1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

 

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Born: April 29, 1930
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Armando T. Sanchez posted on 12/12/19

For Grandpa. We miss you so much. You have always been the best grandfather that anyone could have ever had. I can only imagine what you’re seeing and doing in heaven. I’m assuming non stop baseball. I wish I could’ve done more with everything you taught me and everything that you taught Dad to teach me. I miss you more than words can say. I love you grandpa.

 

Armando T. Sanchez posted on 3/19/16

Miss you and love you so much Grandpa. The love you gave all of us was never ending. We were truly blessed to call you Grandpa. Tell we meet again. Hit'em were they ain't. I love you Grandpa. We all miss you so much.

 

Oscar & Mercy Flores posted on 2/15/16

Delia, our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are on our prayers.

 

Oscar& Mercy Flores posted on 2/15/16

Delia, our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are on our prayers.

 

Hector Pina posted on 2/12/16

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May the Lord give the Sanchez and friends of family blessings of comfort.

 

Raquel (Tata) Cataldo posted on 2/12/16

Dear Amelia and family, My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved father. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the many memories you hold dear. Un fuerte abrazo a tú mamá. Que dios los bendiga. With love, Tata

 

luis rodriguez posted on 2/12/16

to great team mate in the 1947 american legion allstar team rip brother

 

Matt Downey posted on 2/11/16

To the Sanchez family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time for your loss. God bless you all.

 

Sandra Wilcox posted on 2/11/16

Delia, I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful and dear father. He was a great man.

 

Andy & Ana Barrientos posted on 2/11/16

Our deepest condolences, from the Barrientos & Montes Families, we had the pleasure knowing Mr. Sanchez in our daily lives, a great neighbor, great man, faithful to his catholic religion. The Lord has defintely welcomed him to his kingdom to serve him, like he served others here on earth.

 

Gracie Gutiérrez posted on 2/11/16

My condolences to all. My prayer for strength at this time.

 

Gracie Gutiérrez posted on 2/11/16

My HEART felt condolences to Mom Delia, Vita. Amelia, Delia, Albert, David, Javier, Mando and Patsy. I'm unable to accompany you, but in spirit my HEART goes out to you all. Memories of many events at the house on Stone. My prayers for strength and peace fill you all at this time.

 

Annie Trevino posted on 2/10/16

My condolences to Mrs. Sanchez and the entire Sanchez family. May he rest in God's arms.

 

Guillermo Medrano, Jr. posted on 2/10/16

My sincere condolences to the Mando Sanchez family. Mando was a good friend that I had the fortune of knowing since when he was working for Central Power and LIght Co. .

 

Sandra Rodriguez Wilcox posted on 2/10/16

Delia, I'm so sorry for the loss of your loving and caring father. He will be missed by so many. My condolences to your Mom.

 

manuel padilla posted on 2/9/16

My condolence to Mrs Sanchez and family . May Our Lord Jesus Have him in His Kingdom. I have found memories when I used to live close to his home,,, I used to enjoy talking to him. God Bless his family and my Prayers.

 

jorge and paula garcia posted on 2/9/16

our deepest sympathies to the Sanchez family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

 

Michelle Touchstone posted on 2/9/16

My prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time and always. May peace be with your family . I'm a long friend with Elva.

 

Maru posted on 2/9/16

With our deepest condolences to Sanchez family. We have fond memories of Mr. Sanchez with little league as well CCD class at Newman Church. May our good lord grant you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Maru

 

Gaye Dorman posted on 2/9/16

Elva, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

 

vallejo enedelia posted on 2/9/16

On behalf of the Vallejo family we would like to express our sincere condolences to the Sanchez family / Delia and Kike Garcia for the loss of your father, grandfather a man who will be greatly missed by my family. may god bless you all u will be in our daily prayers with our deepest sympathy Mrs Herminia, Annie,and Enedelia Vallejo

 

Yolanda Rodriguez posted on 2/9/16

Mrs. Sanchez and all the family Amelia. Vita. Mandy, Albert, Delia, David, Javier and Patsy my sincere condolences for your loss. Mr. Sanchez will always have a special place in our hearts. What an amazing person he was. My memories of him and Mrs. Sanchez in Kingsville I will always treasure. God bless you all Yoli Ridriguez

 

Compadres Charles & Theresa Saenz posted on 2/8/16

We will always cherish the visits with our Compadre. He & our wonderful Comadre shared the most inspiring stories of two young people in love, marrying and blessed with a beautiful family. His children and grandchildren truly reflect the love, respect and values he instilled in them--not to mention, his everlasting love and commitment to his loving wife. Our prayer and thoughts are with each of them. His purpose has been filled in this life and has now gone to the Lord's kingdom to help prepare for the heavenly life for his family. God did promise that we will unite again after this life. He'll be waiting with his dancing shoes on. God bless you and comfort you.

 

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