Baseball | January 06, 2023
LOS ANGELES – One of the greatest outfielders in USC baseball history, Tim Steele, passed away this past December due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.
Steele starred on USC’s 1971 and 1972 National Championship teams, and his career .347 batting average (during the wood bat era) still ranks 10th all-time in Trojan history.
A two-time all-conference honoree and member of the 1972 All-College World Series Team, Steele led the Trojans in hits (65) in 1971 and in batting average (.366), hits (75) and runs (57) in 1972. He went 2-for-4 in both the ’71 and ’72 title games, scoring the lone run on a wild pitch in 1972’s 1-0 victory over Arizona State.
A Southern California native, Steele attended Downey High School and Cerritos College before coming to USC. He went on to play four seasons in the Dodgers organization, reaching as high as the Double-A level in 1974.
Steele took his passion for sport into the coaching world following his playing days, most notably serving as line coach for the Rim of the World High School football team in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. for 32 years. He also coached baseball at Redlands University and alternated between the pitching and hitting coach at San Bernardino Valley College.
He is survived by his wife, Ronda, his daughter, Heather Steele Wright, his son Timothy Matthew Steele, and his eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, David Tyler Steele. Services will be held on January 21 at Rim of the World High School at 3:30 p.m.