Joe Hicks

Joe Hicks, 64, who coached one of the nation’s top junior college baseball programs and worked as an actor in the off-season, died Jan. 7 in Long Beach, Calif., of cancer.

Hicks coached Long Beach City College to three state championships, seven Southern California titles and 13 conference titles from 1950 to 1975.

Between seasons, he took mostly small parts in films, working with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, John Ford and Bill Cosby.

Hicks played baseball and basketball at the U. of California, Los Angeles, and pitched for two years in the St. Louis Browns organization.

Survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Jay and Tom; and five grandchildren.

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