Wilfred “Skeeter” TheardBaseball Coach, 1955-94
Redemptorist High School
There is no record of the number of games Theard’s Redemptorist High baseball teams won over his 39-year career as the Rams’ head coach, but it is estimated that his prep and American Legion baseball teams have combined for more than 1,000 victories. Theard coached Redemptorist’s 1980 team to the school’s only state championship. He used to teach his players to thump their chest with their right hand as they ran to first base in the event of a close play at the bag, his rationale being that the umpire was probably watching the ball and listening for the base-runner’s foot to hit the bag. Theard also coached teams in the New Orleans Recreation Department and All-American League. Prior to his coaching days, Theard played 11 years of professional baseball (1941-51). Born March 22, 1918, he died on Jan. 8, 2004 at the age of 85.