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Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers Players Alive as of January 6, 2014

Here is my annual post of updating this list of the Brooklyn Dodgers players alive.   From the Brooklyn Dodger players, we lost Andy Pafko, Don Lund, Preston Ward and the youngest one, Don Miller.

We now have 38 surviving Broklyn Dodger players with Mike Sandlock who continues to be the oldest one.  Mr. Sandlock will turn 99 on October 17.  The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 75 on June 19.

Happy birthday to Ralph Branca who turns 88 today January 6, Dia de Los Reyes, Day of the Kings.

I wish you all a healthy 2014.
Name Birthplace.   Born Uni#
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT 10/17/1915 1, 4
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH 10/13/1916 22
Lee Pfund Oakpark, IL 10/10/1919 14
Luis   Olmo Puerto Rico 10/11/1919 21
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada. 6/26/1920 34
Pat McGlothin Coalfield, TN 10/20/1920 23
Marv   Rackley Seneca, SC 7/25/1921 35
Chuck   Kress Philadelphia, PA 12/9/1921 5
Eddie   Basinksi  Buffalo, NY 11/4/1922 3
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA 3/1/1924 21
George Shuba Youngstown, OH 12/13/1924 8
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15
 Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14
 Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY 1/6/1926 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH 1/27/1926 27
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR 2/10/1926 2
 Dick Teed Springfield, MA 3/8/1926 37
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ 6/14/1926 36
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  OK 6/29/1926 2
Charlie Osgood Sommerville, MA 11/23/1926 20
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN 12/13/1926 17
Rocky Bridges   Refugio, TX 8/7/1927 9
 Tommy Lasorda   Norristown, PA 9/22/1927 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown    Brooklyn, NY 12/6/1927 9
 Joe Landrum    Columbia, SC 12/13/1928 19
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY 8/4/1929 58
Roger   Craig    Durham, NC 2/17/1930 38
 Ron   Negray    Akron, OH 2/26/1930 38
Glenn   Mickens    Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46
 Don   Zimmer    Cincinnati, OH 1/17/1931 23
 Ed   Roebuck    East Millboro, PA. 7/3/1931 37
 Fred   Kipp     Iqua, KS 10/1/1931 26
 Chico Fernandez    Cuba 3/2/1932 3
Jim Gentile    San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38
 Don Demeter    Oklahoma City.  OK 6/25/1935 2
Sandy Koufax      Brooklyn, NY 12/30/1935 32
Bob Aspromonte    Brooklyn, NY 6/19/1938 28. 34
Update:
Rest in peace to the following Brooklyn Dodgers:
Charlie Osgood ( November 23, 1926 – January 23, 2014)
Chuck Kress   (December 9, 1921 – March 4, 2014)
Don Zimmer   ( January 17, 1931 – June 4, 2014)
George Shuba  ( December 13,  1924 – September 29, 2014)
Ezra Mac “PatMcGlothin (October 20, 1920 – October 24, 2014)
Jean-Pierre Roy (June 26, 1920 – November 1, 2014)

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Mike Sandlock

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.

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
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 Sandlock playing for the Hollywood Stars
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

Mike Sandlock, Brooklyn Dodger

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 .

ref: http://Examiner.com,http://blogs.piratesprospects.com/, http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/, http://baseballinwartime.blogspot.com/

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers players Alive in 2013

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:

Name DOB Birthplace Uniform #
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
 Chico Fernandez 03/02/1932 Cuba 3
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

How Sweeeet it is! Dodgers Sweeep the Mets.

Happy Day!  Dodgers Sweep the Mets! 

 

 

Dodgers have a four game winning streak and have scored 28 runs in those four games. 

The Giants lost in 12 innings.

Josh Wall made his MLB debut and got the win Sunday.

Mike Sandlock, 96 yr old Brooklyn Dodger was honored at Citi Field on Saturday

Dodgers nuns with Andre & Kemp.  

El Cochito Luis Cruz hit his first Major League homerun. 

The Boys in Blue are now in St Luis to play four games there.   Chad Billingsley goes off the DL to start Monday against local boy from Southern California, Joe Kelly.

Laughing lady from JaneHeller website, other pictures from Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Oldest -Living Major Leaguer Tony Malinosky Passed Away

I was sad to hear from the InsidetheDodgers blog that Tony Malinosky, the oldest-living major leaguer passed away Tuesday night.   He was 101.   This post of the Oldest living MLB Major League player and Negro league was from two years ago in February  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/02/oldest_living_explayer_in_mlb.html

Mr. Malinosky played 35 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937.  

My list of Living-Brooklyn Dodger players living Brooklyn players  that I posted in January went down to 52. 

I still remember when he was honored at Dodger Stadium in 2009.  I was thrilled when saw him there after I had done a little research on him. 

09malinosky lasorda (3).jpg   

Born in Born in Collinsville, Ill., on Oct. 5, 1909, Mr. Malinosky moved to El Monte during his senior year.  He attended Whittier College in California where he was a classmate of future US President Richard Nxon.    During World War II, Mr Malinosky was drafted by the United States Army with whom he saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge.   

 

Nice article in the Ventura County Star here http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/09/tony-malinosky/ 

 

Rest in peace Mr. Malinosky (October 7, 1909 – February 8, 2011).

 

Now the oldest living Major League player is Connie Marrero who was born on  8/11/1911 and played with the Washington Senators from 1950 to 1954. 

The oldest Brooklyn living Major leaguer player is

Mike Sandlock  born 10/17/1915

 

I will be back to post about some books I found at a library bookstore.    

 

ref:  Insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com (incl pic) , espn, www.whoisalivewhoisdead.com, Ventura County Star. 

 

 

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