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Former UCLA BB Coach Reichle Dies

June 10, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Arthur Eugene Reichle Jr., who coached the UCLA baseball team for 30 years and led the Bruins to their first College World Series appearance, has died. He was 86.

Reichle, who also played baseball at UCLA in the 1930s, died of congestive heart failure May 23 in Melbourne, Fla., the university said in a statement released Friday. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Reichle, who also played football and rugby at UCLA, began his coaching career there as an assistant on the baseball team. One of the players he coached was future Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

He became coach in 1941, leaving just a year later for Army service during World War II.

He returned in 1946, and in 1969 coached the team to a Pacific-8 championship and its first appearance in the College World Series.

He retired from coaching after the 1974 season with a 747-582-12 record but remained at the school as an assistant athletic director until 1980. He moved to Florida in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Arthur Jr. and Richard; and a daughter, Denise Margarite.

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