Aug. 10 (UPI) — MLB and NFL legend Carroll Hardy, the one participant to ever pinch hit for Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, has died. He was 87.

The College of Colorado and the Denver Broncos stated Hardy died Sunday of problems from dementia.

Hardy was a three-sport athlete at Colorado earlier than he loved tenures in MLB and the NFL. He went on to change into a profitable government for the Broncos and helped construct Tremendous Bowl groups in 1986 and 1987.

“I had the pleasure of assembly and visiting with Carroll a number of occasions — what an exquisite man and a real icon within the state,” Colorado athletic director Rick George stated.

“His record of accomplishments in his lifetime and the individuals he touched are actually second to none. We’ve misplaced an ideal Buffalo.”

Hardy performed baseball, soccer and ran observe at Colorado from 1951 to 1955. He had 1,999 profession dashing yards whereas with the Buffaloes. He additionally had six interceptions on protection and as soon as led the nation in common yards per kickoff return.

Hardy hit .447 throughout his senior yr for the Colorado baseball crew. He additionally ran a 9.8-second 100-yard sprint as a sprinter for Colorado’s indoor observe crew.

Hardy was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers because the 33rd general decide within the 1955 NFL Draft. He had 375 yards from scrimmage in 10 video games for the 49ers through the 1955 season earlier than he left the league to serve within the U.S. Military.

He performed his lone NFL season alongside Corridor of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle.

He performed within the Cleveland Indians minor league system for 3 years earlier than he made his MLB debut in 1958. He went on to hit .225 with 17 house runs in eight seasons at the large league stage.

Hardy performed for the Indians for the primary two-and-a-half seasons of his profession, the place he additionally pinch hit for Roger Maris. He joined the Boston Purple Sox in 1960 and have become teammates with Williams and Yastrzemski.

He was traded to the Houston Colt .45s earlier than the 1963 season and spent his remaining season with the Minnesota Twins in 1967.

Hardy started to work as a scout for the Broncos whereas he was with the Denver Bears, a minor league affiliate of the Twins. He went on to have a 24-year tenure as a Broncos worker.

Hardy is survived by his spouse, Janice Mitchell, son Jay and daughters Jill and Lisa.