Former baseball star and hitting coach Deacon Jones dies at 89

 May 9, 2023

Texas baseball fans were heartbroken to learn that former Houston Astros hitting coach and Sugar Land Space Cowboys special assistant Deacon Jones died on Monday at the age of 89. 

According to Major League Baseball's official website, Jones played 40 games as a left-handing hitting infielder with the Chicago White Sox from 1962 to 1966, after which he became a hitting instructor.

From coach to team co-founder

He went on to serve as the Houston Astros' hitting coach between 1976 and 1982 before taking positions with the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox. He later helped found the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

"Deacon was an invaluable part of our organization and a close friend to every member of the Sugar Land front office and community," Sugar Land Space Cowboys General Manager Tyler Stamm was quoted as saying.

"We’ve lost a pillar of our organization and a dear friend who is wholly responsible for all of us being here. Without Deacon Jones, there would be no Sugar Land franchise," Stamm continued.

Sugar Land Space Cowboys Assistant General Manager Chris Parsons recalled how "Deacon and I were one of the first four employees at the start of the Sugar Land franchise."

"The heart and soul of our organization"

"He was always someone I could count on to give great advice and answer the phone when I needed; he was considered family to my family," Parsons stressed

The Space Cowboys also released a statement on social media which called Jones "the heart and soul of our organization."

The Houston Astros released a similar statement, saying, "We join the Sugar Land community in mourning the loss of Deacon Jones."

Commentator: "We lost a baseball treasure yesterday"

"He was a valued member of the Astros family as a hitting coach from 1976-1982 and a leader in the Sugar Land Space Cowboys Front Office," the statement added.

Meanwhile, Space Cowboys commentator Gerald Sanchez called Jones a great ambassador of the game, lamenting, "We lost a baseball treasure yesterday."

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