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


  1. crzblue

    You are so very welcome Brian. Some had very limited time with the Dodgers but still the stories were very interesting reading like stories about their train rides, their doubleheaders, their time in the minor league in Montreal, war times and what they did afterwards.

  2. Emma

    Thank you Toosoxy! Love your name!
    Jay, the Duke wasa a true legend!
    thank you so much! I am ashame I miss one. I’ve been without a phone and internet and been having problem with the MLB website but I will correct. Thanks again.
    Yes, sad year for da bums.

  3. Rosie

    All is great! Thanks…yeah I still need to link all the blogs to my phone. So only when I’m on my PC I check the blogs. I am constantly checking my FB and twitter. Well you have a great New Year!

  4. WrigleyRegular

    Really nice piece about Dodgers of yesteryear. I truly appreciate the way that you keep the history of the Dodgers going and give it meaning.

    Also, hate to post it here in this thread, but I don’t know where else to put it. This morning I watched an MLBN show called Behind the Seams. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I’m almost positive that I caught a glimpse of you in a crowd shot(front row I think) when they were talking about the SABR convention.

  5. Emma

    Thank you so much Wrigley. I love the history of my beloved Dodgers but really, I just love all the baseball history.
    You know, someone else told me that and I’ve been meaning to catch that show “Behind the Seams” Thank you for reminding me. Have you been to any of the SABR meeting in your area? SABR Day is coming up Saturday 1/28. check out if there is a meeting day in your area. I am looking forward to it.

    • WrigleyRegular

      Ya know, I was a member for about 10 years, but I let my membership lapse about 6 years ago. I’ll have to look into joining again.


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