Jayson Werth, just signed by the Washington Nationals as a free agent, is the grandson of “Ducky” Schofield. I wrote about Schofield’s exploits with the 1960 world champion Pittsburgh Pirates here.
Werth’s mother (and Ducky’s daugther) is Kim Schofield Werth, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and 100 meters. I’m told that she holds the world record for women in the 100 yard dash [correction: national record]. Of course, that event hasn’t been contested for decades (nowadays sprinters run 100 meters instead).
Werth’s father, Jeff Gowan, led all Division I wide receivers in receptions playing for Illinois State University in 1976. He later played in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor-league system. Werth’s step-father, Dennis Werth, played for the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees.
Werth’s uncle is Dick Schofield. a long-time major league infielder, who played mostly for the California Angels.
Ducky Schofield, Dick Schofield, and Jayson Werth all have World Series rings. However, Dick Schofield wasn’t active for the 1993 World Series, which was won by Toronto for whom he played that year.
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