View Full Version : Vern Ruhle has passed away

Chip R
01-20-2007, 11:02 PM
Wayne spoke at our banquet tonight and someone asked him about Vern Ruhle. Wayne said he is in bad shape. He caught pnuemonia and a virus and the virus has attacked his liver. Vern's chemo treatments left him weakened and not able to fight the virus very well. Wayne used the word "critical" so say some prayers for Vern and his family.

01-20-2007, 11:14 PM
sorry to hear that and thanks for posting. he's had a tough fight.

01-20-2007, 11:32 PM
Sorry to hear this.

Javy Pornstache
01-20-2007, 11:37 PM
I really, really, really, really hate to hear this. Strikes a chord with me. My thoughts and prayers will be with Vern and family.

01-21-2007, 12:15 AM
Most importantly, let's pray that Vern Ruhle is in no pain and that his family has the strength to face the difficult situation that they are experiencing.

01-21-2007, 02:03 AM
Sad news :(

Team Clark
01-21-2007, 03:55 AM
Very Sad. Good luck Vern.

01-21-2007, 08:12 AM
Most importantly, let's pray that Vern Ruhle is in no pain and that his family has the strength to face the difficult situation that they are experiencing.

Agreed. Praying for mercy and strength for the Rhule family.

01-21-2007, 09:55 AM
Thinking of you and your family Vern.

01-21-2007, 10:11 AM
You're in my prayers Vern.

01-21-2007, 10:15 AM
The man's been dealt a pretty tough hand.

Good luck, Vern. You and your family are in my prayers.

01-21-2007, 10:40 AM
My prayers are with Vern Ruhle and his family.

Always Red
01-21-2007, 11:00 AM
The Reds announced this morning that Vern Ruhle passed away last night at 11pm. May he rest in peace.


01-21-2007, 11:02 AM
That is sad news... my prayers are with his family at this rough time for them... :cry:

01-21-2007, 11:03 AM

01-21-2007, 11:04 AM
Sad, sad news.

RIP Vern.

01-21-2007, 11:09 AM
RIP Vern. :cry:

01-21-2007, 11:14 AM
There is no more suffering. RIP Vern Rhule. Prayers to the family.

01-21-2007, 11:15 AM
May he rest in peace.

01-21-2007, 11:22 AM
Terribly sad news indeed.

01-21-2007, 11:28 AM
Rest in peace, Vern. You will be missed.

01-21-2007, 11:35 AM
Wow.. is this ever painful news to wake up too. God rest his soul!

01-21-2007, 11:39 AM
Rest in peace, Vern. You are most appreciated.

01-21-2007, 11:41 AM

Very sad news.

Tom Servo
01-21-2007, 11:43 AM
Very sad to hear.

RIP Vern

01-21-2007, 11:47 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Ruhle family.

Reds Fanatic
01-21-2007, 11:51 AM
Very sad news about Vern.


Former Reds pitching coach Vern Ruhle died Saturday night at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston of complications from a donor stem cell transplant for the treatment of multiple myeloma. He was 55.

Ruhle, who joined the Reds organization as a coach in 2004, was 67-88 in his major league career from 1974-1986.
"The baseball and Cincinnati Reds families mourn the loss of an excellent coach, wonderful husband and loving father," the Reds said in a statement Sunday. "In his 35 years in professional and collegiate baseball, Vern touched many people inside and outside the game. We are privileged to have been a part of his life. He will be greatly missed."

Ruhle informed Reds players in the spring that he was diagnosed with cancer. For the upcoming season, Ruhle was to have worked as the Reds' rehabilitation coordinator at Cincinnati's minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla.

The cancer was detected by a blood test given to players and coaches as part of spring training physicals.

Ruhle pitched in the major leagues for Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and the California Angels from 1974-86, going 67-88 with a 3.73 ERA. He was a pitching coach with Houston, Philadelphia and the Mets before joining the Reds organization in 2004.

Ruhle is survived by his wife, Sue, and two children, daughter Rebecca and son Kenny. Funeral arrangements are pending.

01-21-2007, 11:53 AM
RIP Vern. You're in a better place.

01-21-2007, 01:13 PM
RIP Vern!

01-21-2007, 01:16 PM
My deepest condolences are sent to the entire Ruhle family.

RIP Vern. You will surely be missed.

01-21-2007, 01:20 PM
My heart goes out to the Ruhle family, and to anyone that knew him

RIP Vern

01-21-2007, 01:20 PM
Wow, I sure wasn't expecting this when I started checking the news this morning.:(

Rest in Peace Vern.

01-21-2007, 02:18 PM
Everyone make sure and tell your loved ones that you love them today. You never what tommorow brings. Ruhle was a pitcher on the 1980 Houston Astros team that had one of the better rotations you will ever see

1. Vern Ruhle
2. Ken Forsch
3. Joe Niekro
4. J.R. Richard
5. Nolan Ryan

George Anderson
01-21-2007, 02:28 PM
Everyone make sure and tell your loved ones that you love them today. You never what tommorow brings. Ruhle was a pitcher on the 1980 Houston Astros team that had one of the better rotations you will ever see

1. Vern Ruhle
2. Ken Forsch
3. Joe Niekro
4. J.R. Richard
5. Nolan Ryan

Alot of tragedy on that staff. Niekro died last year, Richard had the stroke which ended his career and now Vern Ruhle.

Team Clark
01-21-2007, 02:30 PM
Terribly sad news. I had the great fortune to meet and talk with Vern extensively. A true asset to the game of Baseball. I will always remember him fondly.
RIP. Mr. Ruhle.

01-21-2007, 03:30 PM
RIP Vern...

01-21-2007, 03:30 PM
Very sad news. Prayers are with his friends and family.

01-21-2007, 03:34 PM
RIP Vern you were a hell of a guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved one's.

01-21-2007, 04:39 PM
Very sad news. Vern was a great and talented person. The world is poorer for his passing.

01-21-2007, 09:04 PM
Awwww, crap.

01-21-2007, 09:58 PM
Sad to hear...I feel like we barely even got to see what he might have been capable of doing here.

Statement from Sue Ruhle

Below is a statement from Sue Ruhle, wife of former Reds pitching coach Vern Ruhle.

"I would like to thank members of the Reds' front office, players and coaches for their concerns and support during this difficult time for our family. I can't say enough good things about the doctors and nursing staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center for their medical expertise, comfort and care during the last year. They were a tremendous support system for Vern and our family."

Vern Ruhle , 55, died at 11:00 p.m. last night at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston of complications from a donor stem cell transplant for the treatment of multiple myeloma. He was diagnosed with the cancer in February.

In addition to his wife, Ruhle is survived by daughter Rebecca, son Kenny, parents Robert and Vivian Ruhle, brothers Ron and Roy and sisters Suzanne, Judy, Mary and Jane.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

01-21-2007, 10:50 PM
He went way too soon. Seemed like a good guy that was doing some good things with the staff. I hope the Reds have some sort of patch next season as a tribute to his time coaching.

I never had any idea he was only 55 as it said in the ESPN.com article. My father turns 55 in a few months and I couldn't imagine life without him. My prayers are with his wife and children.

01-22-2007, 12:37 AM
My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to the Ruhle Family. RIP, Vern. :(

01-22-2007, 12:48 PM

01-22-2007, 02:38 PM
:( sad to hear.

All the best to his family and loved ones

01-30-2007, 01:54 PM


SARASOTA -- Since he could hurl a baseball over the barn on his family's Michigan farm at the age of 6, Vern Ruhle dreamed of being a professional baseball player.

He got his wish, pitching for 13 seasons beginning in 1974 and helping the Houston Astros win the National League West division in 1980.

After retiring as a player, he was working as a pitching coach for several major league teams, including the Cincinnati Reds, when a routine physical last February revealed bone marrow cancer.

A memorial service will be held this week for Ruhle, 55, who died at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Jan. 20 of complications from the treatment of his illness.

"When he helped the Astros win their division title, his teammates referred to him as the 'Golden Ruhle,'" said his wife, Sue Broughton Ruhle of Sarasota.

"It was just beautiful to watch him throw the ball, and the love and joy it brought him."

Former Houston Astros Manager Larry Dierker called Ruhle a "self-made" ballplayer who succeeded because of his grit.

"I think that really helped him in coaching," Dierker said.

Ruhle's best season came in 1980 with 12 wins, four losses and a 2.37 earned run average. He also pitched for the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians and the California Angels with an overall record of 67 wins and 88 losses in 327 regular season games.

As a major league pitching coach, he worked with the Houston Astros, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets from 1997 to 2003, and was named the Reds' pitching coach in 2005.

In recent years, Ruhle enjoyed bringing out the best in younger players, said friend Bill Buczek of Sarasota.

"What he really loved now was teaching, working with the pitchers to help them improve," he said.

"He really cared about other people," Buczek added. "Even when he was in and out of the hospital in the past year, he was always asking about how everyone else was doing."

Ruhle had hoped a bone marrow transplant from his brother would put his cancer in remission for at least 10 years, but his condition worsened when his organs began to fail, his wife said.

His baseball career spanned more than 30 years.

"Most people who have had the privilege of being in the game for that length of time feel lucky and blessed, and Vern felt that way," said friend Bob Miscik of Venice, a former minor league teammate who coached with Ruhle for the Reds' organization.

Ruhle, who was born Jan. 25, 1951, in Coleman, Mich., also enjoyed freshwater fishing.

In addition to his wife, Ruhle is survived by a daughter, Beki, of Trenton, S.C.; a son, Kenny, of Houston; two stepdaughters, Shelley Broughton Jaquish of St. Petersburg and Betsy Broughton Woeste of Tampa; his parents, Robert and Vivian Ruhle of Coleman, Mich.; two brothers, Ron of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Roy of Royal Oak, Mich.; four sisters, Suzanne Penn of Houston; Judy of Charlotte, N.C., Mary Kareus of Gladwin, Mich., and Jane Shawl of Sanford, Mich.; and a grandson.

A memorial service is scheduled at noon Saturday at Incarnation Catholic Church, 2901 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A reception will follow at the Field Club, 1400 Field Road, Sarasota.

Reds Fanatic
02-03-2007, 09:35 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It was the way Vern Ruhle would have wanted it.
His No. 58 uniform jersey, pants, cleats and glove were neatly strewn along the aisle of Incarnation Catholic Church.

A wreath of flowers in the shape of a baseball and the Cincinnati Reds logo adorned the front of the church.

A photograph of him flashing an ear-to-ear grin greeted the congregation.

And, after several family members and friends, including his two brothers, Ron and Roy, along with Reds manager Jerry Narron, had paid tribute to him with stories about his childhood and baseball life, Father Gerry Finegan asked the congregation to sing along with him.

"This will be a first for this church, I must admit," said Finegan.

And then the organist played a tune that's heard at every baseball ballpark in the nation.

Holding back tears, a standing-room-only crowd at the Sarasota church began to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

It was a moment of levity that Ruhle would have embraced, and it was a reminder of how much Ruhle lived his life.

"He was as good a person as you'd ever meet in the game and in life," said Narron, who also recalled the moment when he got his first hit off Ruhle and when the two played together with the Angels. "He loved the game of baseball, and he was sincere about teaching. He wanted to see each and every guy be successful. He is someone who will truly be missed."

With only a couple of weeks left until Spring Training begins, many of the Reds pitchers, who arrived from the organization's Florida complex, were in attendance on Saturday to honor Ruhle.

This, ironically, was the time of year that Ruhle cherished. The former Reds pitching coach, who will always be remembered for "having a smile on his face," would have appreciated the early arrival to Sarasota.

During his six-year coaching stint in the Majors, Ruhle would often get a jump on the baseball season, arriving early to camp in the months of January and early February to help any and all pitchers willing to listen.

One of those players, Reds reliever Todd Coffey, possibly benefited the most.

It was Ruhle -- a pitching coach for Billings, the Reds' Class A affiliate in 2004, before being elevated to the big-league club -- who had helped Coffey, 25, improve in the Minors. It was an improvement good enough that the Reds invited the young pitcher to big-league camp in '05.

It was Ruhle who also encouraged Coffey to get to Sarasota on Jan. 15 of that year, a whole month before the official report date for pitchers and catchers.

The early move paid off as Coffey made the roster, and he quickly became one of the more dominant pitchers coming out of the bullpen for the Reds.

"Immediately, I felt the effect," recalled Coffey. "I not only became a better pitcher because of what he taught me regarding my mechanics and technique, but I also developed a greater sense of respect for the game and life. He was a great man and, in the short amount of time that I knew him, I feel like I knew him my entire life because he truly cared."

Ruhle pitched for the Tigers, Astros, Indians and Angels from 1974-86 and was 67-88 with a 3.73 ERA. From 1997-2003, he was a pitching coach for the Astros, Phillies and Mets, and he joined the Reds organization in '04 as a pitching coach with rookie-level Billings. Ruhle was promoted to Minor League pitching coordinator before the 2005 season.

Ruhle, who missed the '06 season while being treated for cancer, lost his battle and died on Jan. 20 due to complications from a donor stem-cell transplant for the treatment of multiple myeloma.

For the 2007 season, Ruhle, who was five days shy of his 56th birthday, had been reassigned to work as the organization's pitching rehabilitation coordinator at its Minor League complex in Sarasota.

"He loved working with all the guys, from the young pitchers who were trying to make the squad to the veterans," said Reds CEO Robert Castellini. "He'll be missed by all of us."

Always Red
02-03-2007, 11:25 PM
thanks for posting, Reds Fanatic; great article!

RIP, Vern...