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Luis Olmo Then
Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo.
|Luis Olmo||10/11/1919||Puerto Rico||21|
I googled Luis Olmo and noticed I had an old post where I dedicated the post to Luis Olmo because my blog came in at #21 and in addition to Olmo wearing #21 it was his birthday that day. I had posted the above picture.
Luis Francisco Rodríguez Olmo known as El Jíbaro – The Hillbilly, was the second Puerto Rico to play in the Major Leagues. The first one was Hiram Bithorn who played with the Cubs in 1942.
El Jibaro played for the Dodgers from 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949. Luis Olmo became the first Puerto Rican to play in a World Series, during which he hit a home run and three hits in one game
Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945. On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam home run and a bases loaded triple in the same game. No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century.
Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than what Branch Rickey Sr. was offering. Olmo and several other jumpers were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler for going to the Mexican League. For Olmo the suspension lasted three years. Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949.
From the SABR bioproject by Rory Costello:
After his return in late June, Olmo got into 38 games for Brooklyn, batting .305/1/14 in 105 at-bats as he backed up Tommy Brown and Duke Snider. He got off to a hot start, getting 12 hits in his first 27 at-bats (.444), capped by a game-ending homer at Ebbets Field on July 17. Yet perhaps his most memorable contribution to the 1949 pennant winners was a sensational catch that he made at Ebbets on August 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brooklyn was up 2-0 in the fifth inning, but St. Louis had the tying runs in scoring position, and at the plate was the feared batter whom Ebbets fans dubbed “The Man” – Stan Musial. Olmo, always known as a fine outfielder, needed every foot of the old ballpark’s cozy dimensions, including the extra afforded by the corrugated exit gate in left field. He leaped and made the catch, snuffing out the rally, and the Dodgers went on to win, drawing to within one game of first. Brooklyn did not overtake St. Louis until late September, but the complexion of the race might have changed if the Cards had won that day. Baseball Digest wrote up the play in August 1961, and as late as 2009, it earned an entry in a book devoted to great outfield catches, Going, Going . . . Caught!
Olmo played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951. In ’51 he only played in 21 games before being sent to the Triple-A Milwaukee Brewers. There he concluded his US career.
He joined Licey of the Dominican League. The remainder of Olmo’s playin career consisted of four Winter season in Puerto Rico. He was also scouting for the Braves. He was manager for several teams in Puerto Rico. The PRWL named him Manager of the year seven times.
Luis Olmo now:
Luis Rodriguez Olmo celebrating 90 years.
from SABR biography by Rory Costello:
Olmo began playing golf since 1968 and in 2011 still got out on the links twice a week, one of the reasons he remained so fit in his 90s. At one point, though, he was carrying more weight than was good for him – he dropped 50 pounds on doctor’s orders. In August 2009, after SABR’s Puerto Rican chapter and the Museum of Sports of Guaynabo celebrated his 90th birthday, Olmo said, “I just turned 90. I hoped to reach 80 and that has passed. I am playing extra innings. And I recall as if it were yesterday when I arrived in the majors. The baseball of today is the same as what I played. The only thing that has changed is the salaries.” Four days after his 92nd birthday, I asked Luis to what he attributes his long life. He said simply, with a little chuckle, “I been lucky. Living good.”
ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin, baseball-fever, http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a26bda17
Lee Pfund then
|Lee Pfund||10/18/1919||Oak Park, IL||14|
His full name is Le Roy Herbert Pfund.
1939 – 1941 Signed by the St. Louis Cardinal and sent to the Columbus, Ohio and Mobile, Alabama farm teams. Played in the minor leagues for three seasons while teaching junior high and coaching during the off season.
1941 Broke into professional baseball in the Georgia/Florida League
1942 – 1943 During off season taught math at Longfellow Junior High School and coached grade school baseball teams
On November 1, 1944 he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1944 rule 5 draft, and played for the Dodgers in 1945.
Pfund made his debut against the New York Giants. Playing for Leo Durocher he had a very successful first season. While with the Dodgers, Lee chose not to play on Sundays, citing religious convictions. As a pitcher, it was easy for the team to adjust the rotation to comply with this request.
1945 Rather than play in Baseball All-Star game, Lee played in a Red Cross charity game
Pfund compiled a 3-2 record with 2 complete games in 10 starts over 621/3 innings pitched. Returning to the minors in 1946, the right-hander never returned to the big leagues and his pro career ended in 1950. A knee injury ended hsi career.
Pfund, a 1949 graduate of Wheaton College, his influence was dramatically more profound as a father, teacher and coach. Sons John, Kerry and Randy played basketball for him at Wheaton College, Randy becoming a longtime National Basketball Association executive and coach. All four men earned enshrinement in the Wheaton College’s Hall of Honor, Lee inducted in 1985.
From baseball reference:
Lee Pfund pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, but is more famous as a baskeball coach. He compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head basketball coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.
His son Randy Pfund is general manager of the NBA basketball team the Miami Heat. His sons John and Kerry were basketball stars at Wheaton College.
Lee Pfund was an assistant football and basketball coach in 1943-44 for Wheaton College. A knee injury kept him out of the service during World War II, and he pitched for the Dodgers with a “no Sunday” contract.
Lee Pfund now
At Dodger Stadium August 3, 2012 with Maury Wills
Here is Mr. Pfund again
Baseball References, http://athletics.wheaton.edu/sports/2010/10/25/pfund. http://www.wheaton.lib.il.us/whc/Baseball_Greats_Players.htm, photos from Dodger Stadium from Jon SooHoo http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
Ray Hathaway Then
|Ray Hathaway||10/13/1916||Grinville, OH||22|
Ray Wilson Hathaway wore uniform #22 like our young Clayton Kershaw.
After three years in the minors and three more with Uncle Sam, Hathaway got his chance in the big leagues in 1945, when many players were still in the service.
“We could get spaghetti for 19 cents, 29 cents with meatballs,” Hathaway said with a smile. “We lived on pasta.”
He pitched two other times in relief before being sent down to Montreal. Of Jackie Robinson, Hathaway said “”He was an outstanding player.” “After I saw him play the first game, I knew he was going to be a star. He fielded well, ran well and hit well. I thought he was ready. I thought he would be up in Brooklyn before the season was over.”
Of himself, he did not foresee a return to the major leagues. “I had already been there, and I had arm trouble. I saw the writing on the wall.” At the end of Spring Training in 1947, he approached Branch Rickey about becoming a manager. “We went to a game in Cuba. Mr. Rickey was there. I asked to speak to him. About the 5th inning, he asked, “What’s on your mind?” I told him I would like to manage. He (Rickey) asked, “How do I know you can manage?” I said “You don’t and neither do I. All I can promise is that we’ll work.” Rickey’s response was “If you are going to manage a team for me, be on my plane. I’m leaving in the morning for Miami.”
Hathaway spent his early seasons as a player/manager for the minor league affiliates of the Brooklyn Dodgers. After 1952, Hathaway took himself out of the rotation to focus primarily on running the ballclub. “The only time I pitched after that (1952) was if the pitching staff was getting their butt beat. I tried to save them.”
Hathaway managed many legends including Hall of Famers Dick Williams, Willie Stargell and Bill Sharman.
Ray Hathaway was the manager of the 1961 Asheville Tourists, champions of the South Atlantic League with an 87-50 record and considered to be the best team in Asheville history. Hathaway’s managerial career started in 1947, when he guided the Santa Barbara Dodgers to the California League Championship Series, losing to the Stockton Ports. He won the Ohio-Indiana League title as skipper of the Zanesville Dodgers in 1948. His other managerial stints include the Pueblo Dodgers in the Western League (1949-50, 1956-57), Asheville Tourists in the Tri-State League (1951, 1953-54), Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League (1953), Elmira Pioneers in the Eastern League (1955), Tri-City Braves in the Northwest League (1958), Columbus/Gastonia Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1959), Savannah Pirates in the South Atlantic League (1960), Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League (1961-64), Gastonia in the Western Carolinas League (second half of 1964), Raleigh Cardinals in the Carolina League (1965), Lewiston Broncs in the Northwest League (1967), Arkansas Travelers in the Texas League (1969), Savannah Indians in the Southern League (1970), Jacksonville Suns in the Dixie Association (1971), Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League (1972) and the Wilson Pennants in the Carolina League (1973). Throughout his 25-year managerial career, Hathaway won 1,441 games.
Hathaway retired as a manager in 1973, settled in Asheville and worked construction.
“I saw a lot, got to do a lot because of baseball,” he said with a wink.
Mr. Hathaway lives in Weaverville. NC
ref: Sportspool.com, citizen-times.com, Baseballhappening.com, Fairviewtowncrier.com, MLB
This year I decided to do a post for each of the Brooklyn Dodger players that are alive giving us a little history of their playing day and If possible, where they are now.
This is going to be fun and is a way for me to learn more about the Brooklyn Dodger players and at the same time pay tribute to them.
We will start with Mike Sandlock who is the oldest one at 97.
|Mike Sandlock||10/17/1915||Old Greenwich,CT||1, 4|
When I look at the uniform numbers Mr. Sandlock wore, I think of the retired numbers of #1, Pee Wee Reese & #4, Duke Snider.
Mike Sandlock Then
Mike Sandlock professional career began back in 1938 for the Huntington Bees of the Mountain State League. He spent 14 years in the minors and played parts of five seasons in the majors.
Mike made his major league debut as a September call-up for the Braves in 1942. He came in late in the game and collected his first big league hit, a single off of Giants reliever Bill McGee. Mike’s roommate in the Minors, Warren Spahn, was also called up that September.
In 1943 Mike missed the entire season due to his services in WW II.
On August 12, 1944, the Braves traded him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in exchange for minor league second baseman Frank Drews. Sandlock went back to the minors with their Triple-A affiliate in ST. Paul where he batted over .300 and added switch hitting to his offensive repertoire.
Sandlock, a catcher, was a shortstop early in the season, Pee Wee Reese was still in the Navy. When Mickey Owen joined the service in May, the Dodgers were forced to use their backup catchers, but it wasn’t until July that they moved Sandlock back behind the plate and gave him regular playing time.
That 1945 season would end up being his best season in the majors. He played a career high 80 games, hitting .282 with 17 RBI’s in 195 at-bats.
His 1946 season would be his last in the majors for awhile.. He lasted with the Dodgers until July before he was sent to St Paul. Despite the fact he barely played and hit just .147 in 19 games, Sandlock has a funny story about that year. Here is the account as reported by John Dreker of http://blogs.piratesprospects.com:
The Dodgers had a young hard-throwing pitcher named Rex Barney at this time. He threw hard but it was anyone’s guess where the ball would go once it left his hands. Long after their retirement, Sandlock kidded Barney about how wild he was and Barney came back with “The reason the Dodgers got rid of you was because you couldn’t catch me.” Mike said that he couldn’t catch him because he never threw anything close to the plate. Yogi Berra once asked Mike what Barney threw, knowing he was his catcher for one season and Mike said ” I don’t know because I was never able to catch anything from him. I’ll let you know when I do.”
In 1947 Mike was the backup catcher for a young Roy Campanella, while playing for the Montreal Royals. He also met Jackie Robinson. They both shared a love for Golf.
With his time in Brooklyn done, Mike embarked on a career in the minor leagues that brought him to Hollywood for four years and many great memories.
Mike Sandlock joined the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1949, spending four seasons with the team before his return trip to the Majors with the Pirates.
Mike playing for the Hollywood Stars.
Two people were very influential in getting Mike back to the Majors: The team manager, Fred Haney and knuckelball pitcher Johnny Lindell.
Mike developed a reputation for being an excellent receiver of knuckleball pitchers. When Johnny moved to the Majors so did Mike.
The Pirates had 3 to 4 pitchers who threw knuckleballs. Mike shared catching duties with Joe Garagiola and Heisman Trophy Winner Vic Janowicz. Late in the season the Pirates sold Lindell to the Phillies. the following year Sandlock was a Phillie but it was not to be for Mike as he was involved in a home plate collision during a Spring Training game. Phillies shipped him to San Diego. That 1954 was his final year of his baseball career.
Mike Sandlock Now
Here is a video from Nick of Examiner.com
Mike still follows the game. Recently he said ” The Mets guy(R.A. Dickey) now, throws his harder, but Lindell’s broke more.”
Sandlock offered this advice to catchers trying to contain the knuckler ”You have to have good reflexes to be a knuckleball catcher. You can’t go reaching for it, you have to wait for it.” but even he was quick to admit it was a difficult task “It was like catching flies, I called it a butterfly.”
Sandlock feels the modern game moves too slowly compared to when he played.
He feels too much time is spent today with pitchers walking around the mound, the catcher going to the mound then the entire infield going to the mound and guys constantly adjusting their batting gloves and stepping out of the batter’s box.
He attended a Yankee game recently when Freddy Garcia was on the mound and said he could not wait to leave because of how long Garcia took to deliver each pitch.
“Do you see how slow he goes?” he asked. “He gets the ball, walks around the whole mound then throws a pitch, gets the ball back and it’s the same damn thing. There is no desire.”
Mr Sanlock was honored at Citi Field when the Dodgers were playing the Mets last July, 2012
Mike Sandlock with Don Mattingly at Citi Field. Mr. Sandlock still lives in the place where he was born. As of last year, Mike was still playing Golf once a week .
We lost two Brooklyn Dodgers in 2012 so we have 42 Brooklyn Dodgers alive as of 2013.
Here is Mike Sandlock, the oldest Brooklyn Dodger holding a 1945 picture
Here is the updated list with a new column for Uniform number:
|Mike Sandlock||10/17/1915||Old Greenwich,CT||1, 4|
|Ray Hathaway||10/13/1916||Grinville, OH||22|
|Lee Pfund||10/18/1919||Oak Park, IL||14|
|Luis Olmo||10/11/1919||Puerto Rico||21|
|Jean-Pierre Roy||06/26/1920||Montreal, Canada||34|
|Pat McGlothin||10/20/1920||Coalfield, TN||23|
|Andy Pafko||02/25/1921||Boyceville, Wi||22,48|
|Marv Rackley||07/25/1921||Seneca, SC||35|
|Chuck Kress||12/09/1921||Philadelphia, PA||5|
|Eddie Basinski||11/04/1922||Buffalo, NY||3|
|Don Lund||05/18/1923||Detroit, MI||40|
|Tim Thompson||03/01/1924||Coalport, PA||21|
|George Shuba||12/13/1924||Youngstown, PA||8|
|Johnny Rutherford||05/05/1925||Ontario, Canada||15|
|Wayne Terwilliger||06/27/1925||Clare, MI||34|
|Chris Haughey||10/03/1925||Astoria, NY||14|
|Ralph Branca||01/06/1926||Mount Vernon, NY||13,20,28|
|Bob Borkowski||01/27/1926||Dayton, OH||27|
|Randy Jackson||02/10/1926||Little Rock, AR||2|
|Dick Teed||03/08/1926||Springfield, MA||37|
|Don Newcombe||06/14/1926||Madison, NJ||36|
|Bobby Morgan||06/29/1926||Oklahoma City, OK||2|
|Charlie Osgood||11/23/1926||Sommerville, MA||20|
|Carl Erskine||12/13/1926||Anderson, IN||17|
|Preston Ward||07/24/1927||Columbia, MO||36|
|Rocky Bridges||08/07/1927||Refugio, TX||9|
|Tommy Lasorda||09/22/1927||Norristown, PA||2,27,29|
|Tommy Brown||12/6/1927||Brooklyn, NY||9|
|Joe Landrum||12/13/1928||Columbia, NC||19|
|Joe Pignatano||08/04/1929||Brooklyn, NY||58|
|Roger Craig||02/17/1930||Durham, NC||38|
|Ron Negray||02/26/1930||Akron, OH||38|
|Glenn Mickens||07/26/1930||Wilman, CA||46|
|Don Zimmer||01/17/1931||Cincinnati, OH||23|
|Ed Roebuck||07/03/1931||East Millboro, PA||37|
|Fred Kipp||10/01/1931||Iqua, KS||26|
|Jim Gentile||06/03/1934||San Francisco, CA||38|
|Don Demeter||06/25/1935||Oklahoma City, OK||2|
|Sandy Koufax||12/30/1935||Brooklyn, NY||32|
|Bob Aspromonte||06/19/1938||Brooklyn, NY||28,34|
|Rod Miller||01/16/1940||Portland, OR||50|
ref: SABR, Baseball Reference, 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers guide, Pic from Greenwichtime.com
Our fearless leader Mark was a month late sending us the October MLB Blog ranking. That is OK, Mark, we waited patiently, right? December 4th, Mark posted two blog posts with the latest MLB Blog leaders, one for October and one for November. I came in at #20 for both months!
The 20/20 rule is an easy way to remember:
- Chill White Wine in the the refrigerator and pull it out 20 minutes before serving.
- Put your Red Wine in the the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
I also found this
Haha, OK, enough of wine, let’s dedicate this post to two Dodgers that wore #20
#20 Don Sutton!
My! What big hears you have Mr. Sutton!
Don Sutton had 12 seasons with 15 or more wins, 20 seasons with 200+ innings, and 21 seasons with 100+ strikeouts. He was elected to the HOF in 1998 in his fifth year of eligibility.
#20 Charles Benjamin Osgood
Charles Osgood was born in Massachusetts on November 23, 1926. At the age of 17, he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 18, 1944 in a road doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched three innings of relief in one of the games, allowing six baserunners but only one earned run.
OK, I have searched high and low for a picture of Charles Benjamin Osgood but I came up empty! Nada! I only find the other Charles Osgood.
Why am I honoring #21?
Well because my blog came in at 21 in the July ranking. Thank you all that read my blog!
Why am I also honoring Luis Olmo?
Yes, because he worn unform #21 for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Because he is part of the suviving Brooklyn Dodgers.
Because today August 11, 2012, Luis Olmo is having a birthday! He is turning 93.
Happy birthday Mr Olmo!
Luis Olmo played for the Dodgers froom 1943 to 1945 then again in 1949. He played in the ’49 World Series.
Olmo lead the National League in triples in 1945. On May 18 of that year he hit a grand slam homerun and a bases loaded triple in the same game. No other player accomplished that feat in the 20th century.
Olmo jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 because one Mexican team owner offered a higher salary than Major League teams were paying. Olmo and several others were banned by MLB Commissioner Happy Chandler. For Olmo the suspension lasted three years. Olmo returned to the Dodgers in 1949 and played for the Boston Braves in 1950 & 1951 before calling it a career.
Happy Birthday Mr. Olmo!
Jackie Robinson, Senate president of Puerto Rico, Luis Munoz Marin and Luis Olmo.
ref: pic, Colleccion Luiz Munoz Marin, baseball-fever.
Excited to be going to see a Little League game in San Bernardino.
For the last three years I’ve been maintaining this list keeping track of our old Brooklyn Dodgers. When I did last year’s post http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/09/honoring-the-brooklyn-dodger-players-alive-as-of-january-10th-2011/ on January 10, it started with a video of Duke Snider in the game show “What is my Line” Sad that in 2011, we lost nine of these players including the Duke.
We have 44 surviving Brooklyn Dodger Players. Let’s see how the list look using WordPress. Before I had trouble copying an Excell worsheet into my blog.
|Name||Birthplace. Other info||Born|
|Mike Sandlock||Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer||10/17/1915|
|Ray Hathaway||Grinville, OH. Minor league manager||10/13/1916|
|Lee Pfund||ILL. His son was manager of Miami Heats||10/10/1919|
|Luis Olmo||Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico and Cuba||10/11/1919|
|Boyd Bartley||Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949||2/11/1920|
|Jean-Pierre Roy||Canada. Commentator for the Expos||6/26/1920|
|Pat McGlothin||Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher||10/20/1920|
|Andy Pafko||Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL||2/25/1921|
|Marv Rackley||Seneca, SC. Left fielder. Debut: April 15, 1947.||7/25/1921|
|Chuck Kress||Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.||12/9/1921|
|Eddie Basinski||Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka||11/4/1922|
|Don Lund||Detroit, Mi. Part time Outfielder in 1945, 1947||5/18/1923|
|Tim Thompson||Coalport, PA. Full name: Charles Lemoine Thompson.||3/1/1924|
|George Shuba||Youngstown, OH. Nickname: shotgun.||12/13/1924|
|Ed Stevens||Gavelston, TX. Coach for the Padres in 1981||1/12/1925|
|Johnny Rutherford||Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc||5/5/1925|
|Wayne Terwilliger||Clare, Mi. Coach under Ted Williams||6/27/1925|
|Chris Haughey||Astoria, NY. Pitcher. Appeared in one game at 18||10/3/1925|
|Ralph Branca||Mount Vernon, NY. http://ww.ralphbranca.com||1/6/1926|
|Bob Borkowski||Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black||1/27/1926|
|Randy Jackson||Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”||2/10/1926|
|Dick Teed||Springfield, MA. One at bat in 1953||3/8/1926|
|Don Newcombe||Madison, NJ. Still working for the Dodgers||6/14/1926|
|Bobby Morgan||Oklahoma city. Infielder for the Dodgers||6/29/1926|
|Charlie Osgood||Sommerville, MA appeared in one game at 17||11/23/1926|
|Carl Erskine||Anderson, IN http://www.carlerskine.com/||12/13/1926|
|Preston Ward||Columbia, MO. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.||7/24/1927|
|Rocky Bridges||Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr||8/7/1927|
|Tommy Lasorda||Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 years with the Dodgers||9/22/1927|
|Tommy Brown||Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs||12/6/1927|
|Joe Landrum||Columbia, SC. Pitcher. Given name: Joseph Butler||12/13/1928|
|Joe Pignatano||Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach||8/4/1929|
|Roger Craig||Durham, NC. Pitcher, coach and manager||2/17/1930|
|Ron Negray||Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies||2/26/1930|
|Glenn Mickens||Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA||7/26/1930|
|Don Zimmer||Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays||1/17/1931|
|Ed Roebuck||East Millboro, PA. relief pitcher and scout||7/3/1931|
|Fred Kipp||Iqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees||10/1/1931|
|Chico Fernandez||Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets||3/2/1932|
|Jim Gentile||San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers||6/3/1934|
|Don Demeter||Oklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister||6/25/1935|
|Sandy Koufax||Brooklyn, NY. HOF Greatest Lefthander Pitcher||12/30/1935|
|Bob Aspromonte||Brooklyn, NY. Resides in Houston, TX||6/19/1938|
|Rod Miller||Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957||1/16/1940|
Here is to you guys! May you have a healthy happy 2012 from the oldest Mike Sandlock at 96 to the youngest Rod Miller turning 72 on January 16th. This Dodger fan salute you all!
Nine ex Dodger players passed away in 2011. Rest in peace to these Boys of Summer.
1. Tony Malinosky. He played in 35 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937 as an infielder. Born Oct 5, 1909 , in Collinsville, Ill., Malinosky moved to El Monte when he was in high school and attended Whittier College with future President Richard Nixon. HE served in the Army during World War II He passed away on Feb 8, 2011. He was 101.
2. Cliff Dapper. Debuted April 19, 1942. Mr. Dapper was involved in that unusual trade for announcer Ernie Harwell in 1948. Mr. Dapper was born in Los Angeles on Jan 2, 1920 and played for the PCL Hollywood Stars. He served in World War II from 1943-1945. He retired to Fallbrook, Ca, where, he and Snider had about 60 acres of ranch land. He maintained it all, growing avocados and lemons and making a better living than he ever would have in baseball. Debuted April 19, 1942. Final game: May 3, 1942. He passed away Feb 8, 2011. He was 91.
3. Gino Cimoli. A Dodger outfielder in Brooklyn and Los Angeles who was the first major league batter on the West Coast when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California in 1958. Gino Struck out against Ruben Gomez (far right). He also scored the Dodgers’ final run at Ebbets Field in a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 24, 1957.
4. Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider,. The last surviving regular of the 1950′s “Boys of Summer” Dodgers. Linda Wilson wrote this wonderful piece after the Duke passed away. I highly recomend it. http://behindblueyes.mlblogs.com/2011/03/05/from-compton-to-cooperstown/
5. Bill Harris Born Dec 3, 1931. He pitched in one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 and one game for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. but both games were in late September pennant games.
6 . Elmer Sexauer. Born May 21, 1926 in St Louis County. Sexauer made his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 6, 1948 and appeared in his final game on September 12, 1948. Both games were crucial pennant race games. Passed away on June 27, 2011. He was 85.
7. Dick Williams was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization out of high school in 1947. joined the Dodgers in 1951, saw little action as a rookie, then separated a shoulder diving for a fly ball in left field in August 1952. The HOF took three teams to the World Series (The Red Sox, A’s & the Padres). He passed away July 7, 2011. He was 82.
8. Cy Buker Born Feb 5, 1919 in Greenwood, Wisconsin. Buker hurled 87 1/3 innings spread over 42 games. By mid-July, one New York Times story called him “Durocher’s fireman.” He passed away Oct 7, 2011. He was 92.
9. Johnny Schmitz. Nicknamed “Bear Tracks”, he was a left-hander pitcher. Born November 27, 1920 in Wausau, WI. Mr. Schmitz played 13 seasons between 1941 and 1956, missing 1943 to 1945 due to serving time overseas in World War II. He made the All-Star twice. He passed away Oct 1, 2011. He was 90.
ref: LA Times, HardballTimes, SFGate, The Aodeadpool, NY times, SABR.Org, Baseball Reference, Hall of Fame memorabilia, Examiner, wikimedia
I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive. When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.
Below is the updated list.
It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old. Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one.
Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.
July 28, 2010: Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.
November 7, 2010: Rest in peace Clyde King. He passed away November 2, 2010
Born in and other Notes
Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA.
George Cisar **
Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10
Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer.
Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
Bobby Bragan **
***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010***
Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher.
ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats.
Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico, Cuba.
Los Angeles, CA. Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell
Chicago. . Played in nine games in 1943.
Pittsville, MA. Raised in New Jersey.
Canada. Commentor for the Expos.
Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher.
Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there.
Boiceville, ILL. lives in Mount Prospect, IL.
Johnny Van Cuyk
Little Chute, WI. Pitcher. Passed away July 10,2010
Seneca, SC. Left fielder.
Philadelphia, PA. Lefty First Baseman.
Dixon, MO. LP. Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10
Buffalo, NY. Nickname: the Fiddler. Bazzoka.
Detroit, MI. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA.
Clyde King **
Goldboro, NC. Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.
Youngston, OH. http://www.georgeshuba.com/
Gavelston, TX Coach for the Padres in 1981.
Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc.
Clare, MI. Coach under Ted Williams.
Astoria, NY. Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.
Anadarco, OK. Pitcher and pitching coach. Died 8/26/10
Mount Vernon, NY. Lives in Rye, NY.
Dayton, OH. Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black
Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”
Springfield, MA. One at-bat in 1953.
St Louis County, MO. Pitcher. Lives in Florida.
Madison, NJ. Currently works for the Dodgers!
Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder.
Los Angeles, CA. HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
Sommerville, MA. Appeared in one game at 17.
Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s
Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.
Norristown, PA. 60 years working for the Dodgers!
Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs.
St Louis, MO. LF, 3B, coach, Manager.
Seattle, WA. Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.
Columbia, SC. Pitcher
Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach.
Billy Loes **
Long Island, NY. **passed away 7/15/2010
San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.
Durham, NC Pitcher, coach and manager.
Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies.
Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays.
East Millboro, PA. Relief Pitcher and scout.
Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees.
Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.
Cuba. SS. Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.
NY, NY. Pitched last game at Brooklyn.
San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers.
Oaklahoma City, OK. CF. Now a Baptist minister.
Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefthander pitcher!
Brooklyn, NY Resides in Houston, Tx.
Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
I love you Boys of Summer!
What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball. – Don Newcombe