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A Tribute to the Dodger players that passed away in 2011

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

Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive

 

 Duke Snider 2009.jpg

 

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

Player name

Birthdate

Born in and other Notes

Tony Malinosky

10/5/1909

Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA. 

George Cisar **

8/25/1910

Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10

 

Mike Sandlock

10/17/1915

Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer. 

Ray Hathaway

10/13/1916

Grinville, OH.   Minor league manager

Bobby Bragan **

10/30/1917

***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010*** 

Cy Buker

2/5/1919

Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher.

Lee Pfund

10/10/1919

ILL.  His son was MGR of  Miami Heats.  

Luis Olmo

10/11/1919

Puerto Rico.  Played for Mexico, Cuba.

Cliff Dapper

1/2/1920

Los Angeles, CA.  Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell

Boyd Bartley

2/11/1920

Chicago.  . Played in nine games in 1943. 

 Gene Hermanski

5/11/1920

Pittsville, MA.  Raised in New Jersey.

Jean-Pierre Roy

6/26/1920

Canada.  Commentor for the Expos.

Pat McGlothin

10/20/1920

Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher.

Johnny Schmitz

11/27/1920

Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there. 

Andy Pafko

2/25/1921

Boiceville, ILL.  lives in Mount Prospect, IL.

 

Johnny Van Cuyk

7/7/1921

Little Chute, WI.  Pitcher.  Passed away July 10,2010

Marv Rackley

7/25/1921

Seneca, SC.  Left fielder. 

Chuck Kress

12/9/1921

Philadelphia, PA.   Lefty First Baseman.   

**Morrie Martin

9/3/1922

Dixon, MO.  LP.   Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10

Eddie Basinski

11/4/1922

Buffalo, NY.   Nickname:  the Fiddler. Bazzoka.  

 Don Lund

5/18/1923

Detroit, MI.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Tim Thompson

3/1/1924

Coalport, PA.   Lives in Lewinston, PA.  

Clyde King **

5/23/1924

Goldboro, NC.  Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.  

George Shuba

12/13/1924

Youngston, OH.  http://www.georgeshuba.com/ 

Ed Stevens

1/12/1925

Gavelston, TX  Coach for the Padres in 1981.  

Johnny Rutherford

5/5/1925

 Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname:  Doc.

Wayne Terwilliger

6/27/1925

 Clare, MI.   Coach under Ted Williams.

Chris Haughey

10/3/1925

 Astoria, NY.  Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.

Cal McLish

12/1/1925

Anadarco, OK.  Pitcher and pitching coach.  Died 8/26/10

Ralph Branca

1/6/1926

 Mount Vernon, NY.  Lives in Rye, NY.

 Bob Borkowski

1/27/1926

Dayton, OH.  Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black

Randy Jackson

2/10/1926

Little Rock, AR.  Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”  

Dick Teed

3/8/1926

Springfield, MA.   One at-bat in 1953.

Elmer Sexauer

5/21/1926

 St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher.  Lives in Florida.

Don Newcombe

6/14/1926

 Madison, NJ.  Currently works for the Dodgers!

Bobby Morgan

6/29/1926

 Oaklahoma City, OK.   Infielder.

Duke Snider

9/19/1926

Los Angeles, CA.  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!

Charlie Osgood

11/23/1926

Sommerville, MA.  Appeared in one game at 17.  

Carl Erskine

12/13/1926

Anderson, IN.   http://www.carlerskine.com/

Preston Ward

7/24/1927

Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s

 Rocky Bridges

8/7/1927

 Refugio, TX.   Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.

Tommy Lasorda

9/22/1927

 Norristown, PA.  60 years working for the Dodgers!

Tommy Brown

12/6/1927

 Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs.

Dick Williams

5/7/1928

 St Louis, MO.  LF, 3B, coach, Manager. 

Ken Lehman

6/10/1928

 Seattle, WA.  Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.    

Joe Landrum

12/13/1928

Columbia, SC.  Pitcher

Joe Pignatano

8/4/1929

 Brooklyn, NY.   Catcher and coach.

Billy Loes ** 

12/13/1929

 Long Island, NY.  **passed away 7/15/2010

Gino Cimoli

12/18/1929

San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.

Roger Craig

2/17/1930

 Durham, NC  Pitcher, coach and manager. 

 Ron Negray

2/26/1930

 Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies. 

Glenn Mickens

7/26/1930

 Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA

Don Zimmer

1/17/1931

 Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays. 

Ed Roebuck

7/3/1931

 East Millboro, PA.   Relief Pitcher and scout.

Fred Kipp

10/1/1931

 Piqua, KS.   Also pitched for the Yankees.  

Bill Harris

12/3/1931

 Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.

Chico Fernandez

3/2/1932

 Cuba. SS.  Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.

Danny McDevitt

11/18/1932

 NY, NY.  Pitched last game at Brooklyn.  

Jim Gentile

6/3/1934

 San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers.

Don Demeter

6/25/1935

 Oaklahoma City, OK. CF.  Now a Baptist minister.

Sandy Koufax

12/30/1935

 Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefthander pitcher!

Bob Aspromonte

6/19/1938

 Brooklyn, NY  Resides in Houston, Tx. 

Rod Miller

1/16/1940

 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

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