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February 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Ted Uhlaender, 68, a former major league outfielder with the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, died Thursday after a heart attack, the San Francisco Giants announced.

He was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer last year.

Uhlaender was born Oct. 21, 1940, in Chicago Heights, Ill.

A fleet center-fielder, he played five years with the Twins before being traded with Graig Nettles and Dean Chance to Cleveland in a package for Luis Tiant and Stan Williams after the 1969 season.

He was later traded to Cincinnati, and he ended his career with a pinch-hitting appearance in a Game 7 loss to Oakland in the 1972 World Series.

In later years, he worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. He spent two years with the Giants, became Cleveland's first base coach in 2000-01 and then returned to San Francisco and was scouting for the team at the time of his death.

His daughter Katie Uhlaender races for the U.S. skeleton team and spoke with her father shortly before she ended the World Cup skeleton sliding season Thursday with a silver medal in Park City, Utah.

On the awards podium after the race, Katie Uhlaender, who is trying for her second Winter Olympics team, said she raced that day to give her family a needed emotional boost. At the time, she didn't know her father had died.

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