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Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Eddie Basinski

Eddie Basinski then

Basinski was born on 11/4/1922 in Buffalo, NY.  He wore uniform #3 for the Dodgers.

Eddie was signed after a tryout by the Dodgers out of the University of Buffalo even though he hadn’t played baseball in either high school or College. 

Eddie debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.  He was the Dodgers regular shortstop while Pee Wee Reese was in the military in 1945 but lost his job when World War II ended an Reese returned. 

According to Baseball-Refernces:

He made a prototypical rookie mistake when first coming up to the National League: hitting .389 after two weeks, he told a reporter that “Any man who can’t hit .300 in this league ought to go get a lunch bucket.” Opposing pitchers never let him live down those words.

Eddie spent the off-season as a violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Eddie Basinksi now

Here is a video of Portland Baseball history with Eddie Basinski and Vince Peski.  Eddie tells some wonderful stories that had me cracking up.

Ad here is a another video.  A wonderful interview of Eddie Baskinksi by KrisPorterSports.  In there he talks about Branch Richie & Leo Durocher. 

Ref:  NewYorkTimes.com, Oregonlives.com, KrisPorterSports

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Lee Pfund

Lee Pfund then

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
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

Ref:

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

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