Ted Simmons, a former professional baseball player who also served as a coach for Pittsburgh Pirates and Bud Black.
As one of the most famous Major League players in American history, there’s a lot that people need to know about Simmons here.
Here’s everything about this national sports treasure. From age, wife details to stats, net worth, and more.
Ted Simmons Wiki, Age, Parents
Former professional baseball player Ted Lyle Simmons was born on August 9, 1949, in Michigan, United States.
Today, Ted Simmons is 73 years old.
Ted was born to father William Finis who also went by the name “Bill,” and mother Bonnie Sue Simmons.
Ted is the youngest of three children. His older brothers are named Jim, and Ned.
From a very young age, Simmons showed interest in athletics, and his family members encouraged him as well.
Especially, his brothers.
The whole family always made sure to encourage Ted to follow his career in sports.
High School and College
As a young boy, Simmons joined Southfield High School in his hometown Michigan.
While at Southfield High School, Simmons played baseball and football and became quite a star.
His popularity and skill as an amazing baseball player got him lots of attention as well.
In 1967, Simmons graduated from high school.
While St. Louis Cardinals immediately signed Simmons after he graduated, he made sure to continue studying.
In late 1967, Simmons joined University of Michigan. However, because Simmons’ career began rising, he could not graduate in his designated 1971 class.
Instead, Ted finally graduated from University of Michigan in 1996.
Ted Simmons Wife, Married Life
One of the most renowned catcher in MLB history, Ted Simmons has been married for over five decades now.
In May of 1970, at the age of 21, Ted Simmons married Maryanne Ellison Simmons.
Simmons met Maryanne when he was in 7th grade. After years of dating, the high school sweethearts finally married.
From their marriage, Ted and wife Maryanne welcomed their first child in 1971, a daughter.
They named her Mary Ann.
The Simmons couple also have another child, a son named Matthew Simmons.
Both Mary Ann Simmons, and Mathew Simmons are married.
Professional Baseball Career
After Ted graduated from high school, St. Louis Cardinals selected Simmons in their 10th overall amateur player draft list.
They also gave him a $50,000 signing bonus.
After playing for Cedar Rapids Cardinals and Modesto Reds, Simmons made his major league debut just at the age of 18.
After hitting an impressive .373 with a 1.025 OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging), Simmons became a permanent in the major leagues.
In 1980, Simmons came into a disagreement with new manager Whitney Herzog when he refused to move to first base.
After the disagreement, Simmons got traded to Milwaukee Brewers.
Ted played with Milwaukee Brewers till the end of 1988 season as in 1988, Simmons retired from playing at the age of 39.
In 1992, Simmons joined Baseball but as a general manager for Pittsburgh Pirates. However, after he suffered from heart attack in 1993, he vacated the position.
Later, Simmons served as a Director of Player Development for Cardinals and San Diego Padres.
In 2008, Simmons served as bench coach for Milwaukee Brewers and Bud Black.
Later, in 2010, Seattle Mariners took in Simmons as senior advisor to general manager.
Tim Simmons Stats
Age: 73 years old.
Height: 5.10 feet.
Weight: 87 kg (In active years).
Number of years played: 21 Years.
Number of gamed played: 2,456 games played.
Number of hits: 2,472 hits in 8,680 bats.
Number of home runs: 248 home runs.
Major League Career: 2,472 hits, 483 doubles.
Number of Shutouts caught: 122 shutouts.
Ted Simmons Hall Of Fame
When it comes to “Hall of Fame,” it’s been quite a tricky rode for Simmons.
Simmons first got elected for Hall of fame back in 1994. However, his election was dismissed at that time because his first ballot received less than 5% vote.
It led to Baseball Writer’s Association of America deeming Simmons ineligible for future elections as well.
However, in 2017, Veterans Committee elected Simmons again but this did not get the scoop.
After counting, Simmons was just one short in his 2017 chance to Hall of Fame.
In December 2019, Simmons got 13 out of 16 votes from Modern Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot and elected for Copperstown.
The event for his induction was supposed to take place on July 26, 2020. However, it has since been postponed to 2021 because of Covid-19 Pandemic situation.
Hall Of Fame Update
On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, Ted Simmons entered the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Simmon’s long due induction program finally happened on Wednesday, in Cooperstown, New York.
The MLB legend gave a heartfelt speech, acknowledging his fellow players. Ted said,
“I have spent lots of time in all of these baseball families. They have affirmed and included me. I have lived within many families and am about to step into baseball’s most elite family. I am incredibly humbled.”
Furthermore, Simmons also thanked his wife Maryanne at the end of his speech and called her his equal.
“Maryanne, my partner, my companion, my equal: She remains the same girl that listened with me — not so long ago — to the lyrics written by some pretty fabulous folks back in the day. And those words: And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Peace and love, sweetheart. We finally got here.”
Every MLB fan out there is extremely happy with Simmons’ inducting in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ted Simmons Net Worth
Simmons played for 21 years as a major league player. He role as a catcher and a tendency to break records made him one of the most famous catchers in the world.
At the moment, Ted Simmons has a massive net worth. Reportedly, his net worth ranges from $1 million to $5 million.
He has such a massive net worth because he never stopped working.
Even after retiring from professional games, he served as coach and general manager for big teams.
Who Is Ted Simmons?
Born on August 9, 1949, Ted Simmons is a 73 years old retired Major League Basketball player, coach, and manager.
Is Ted Simmons in Hall of Fame?
Yes. He retired in 1988. After initially losing the election in 1994, Simmons is currently elected for 2020 Hall of Fame after receiving 81.3% vote.
Who is Maryanne Ellison Simmons?
Maryanne Ellison Simmons is wife to retired baseball player Ted Simmons. She was born on July 16, 1949. She worked as an artist, writer, and founded “The Waiting Room” magazine.
Ted Simmons Children
Ted Simmons and wife Maryanne Ellison Simmons have one son and one daughter. Their daughter’s name is Mary Ann Simmons and son’s name is Matthew Simmons.