December 10, 2019

Slim McGrew

   Walter Howard McGrew was born August 5, 1899, in the southeastern Texas town of Yoakum. He was recruited by the Washington Senators as a Major League Baseball pitcher in 1922, and made his professional debut on April 18. An imposing figure on the mound, the 6 ft. 7½ inch McGrew held the record for tallest baseball player of the era. In 1924, he was sent down to the Memphis Chickasaws, the Senators' farm league team, where he went 15-5 with a 2.84 ERA. After a disappointing season, McGrew was released. He played his last professional game on June 8, 1924 for the Senators, ending a 30 inning, three year career. McGrew passed away in Houston on August 21, 1967 at the age of 68 and buried in Humble.

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Section 9
Rosewood Cemetery

December 3, 2019

Red Bastien

   Rolland Garland Bastien was born in Bottineau, North Dakota on January 27, 1931. He was an athlete while in high school and began his professional career as a wrestler in carnivals in the Midwest. He competed in the Chicago area from 1956 and was noted for his aerial moves. He held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles several times that decade, teaming with Andre Drapp and Roy Heffernan. He partnered with Lou Klein as the Bastien Brothers, to capture the WWWF U.S. Tag Team Championship in 1960. They held the titles several times, battling Eddie and Jerry Graham and the Fabulous Kangaroos. Bastien also teamed frequently with Billy Red Lyons in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was AWA Tag Team champ with Hercules Cortez and the Crusher in the early 70s, before moving on to the World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas, where he held the Texas title and the tag team belts with Tex McKenzie.

   He retired from the ring later in the decade, but remained as a trainer and promoter. Bastien was instrumental in advancing the careers of Steve "Sting" Borden and Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig in the mid-1980s, forming Power Team USA with them and two other body builders he discovered at a Gold's Gym. He was active in the Cauliflower Alley Club for retired wrestlers in his later years, serving as president from 2001-2007. Red Bastien passed away of Alzheimer's disease on August 11, 2012 in Dallas.

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Hillcrest Mausoleum
Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park