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!
It has hit me real hard to hear that Duke Snider passed away.
While having a good time at Camelback Ranch with friends, watching the Dodgers beat on the Angels, my friend Lorena turned to me and said “Emma, I have bad news for you…” I thought I braced for the bad news, but once she told me Duke Snider had passed away, my other friend that was with us (Margie) had to pass some napkings for me as I could not help the tears coming down. Still bawling about Duke Snider passing away.
Duke Snider. Looks like Vin Scully is sitting in the back.
I met Duke Snider once at Dodger Stadium, but it does not matter if we did or did not. All the boys of Summer are part of our life. They are like part of our family. I don’t know if my eyes will recover to go out to dinner tonight. They look real red from crying. Rest in peace Duke Snider. We will miss you.
I will always remember you when you signed the two books I had you signed for me at Dodger Stadium or when you came out at Dodger Stadium in 2008 (was it 2008?) when all the Dodger players _Brooklyn and LA came out like in the movie “Fields of Dreams.” at the Dodgers Opener. I never saw you playing but you were our Duke! our Boy of Summer! We love you and we will always remember you. Rest in peace. Maybe I will have an avocado snack in your honor.
Really, I am having a hard time writing this. Is really too bad that I cannot wear sunglasses at night as my eyes have not recover from all the crying.
I remember that as we entered Cameback Ranch today, one of the songs that they were playing was “The Boys of Summer”. Duke: You were trully a Boy of Summer!
It has a youtube video of Duke Snider.
Duke Snider is the 4th Brooklyn MLB players to passed away this year. Our Duke wore #4. Rest in pace Duke! We will never forget you!
Like the song “The Boys of Summer” says:
“I can tell you my love for you will still be strong, after the boys of Summer have gone”
We are down to 49 living Brooklyn Dodger players.
Very sad that we lost another Brooklyn player. That is two already this year. Last year we lost 10. Cliff Dapper was born January 2, 1920. He served our country in World War II.
Dapper was a Los Angeles native who appeared in 18 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. He was best known for being the only ballplayer in history to be traded for a broadcaster. When Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber went on a medical leave during the 1948 season, team president Branch Rickey called Earl Mann, the owner of the minor league Atlanta Crackers, and asked for permission to sign Harwell. Mann wanted compensation for his popular broadcaster and said his team needed a catcher.
Rickey sent Dapper from the Dodgers’ Triple-A Montreal affiliate to the Crackers to complete the deal. Dapper continued his minor league career as a player and manager through 1957. Harwell left the Dodgers after the 1949 season, he was replaced by Fordham University graduate Vin Scully. Harwell became a Hall of Fame broadcaster, primarily with the Detroit Tigers. Despite the famous trade, Harwell and Dapper did not meet for more than a half a century until the dedication ceremonies for Harwell’s statue at Detroit’s Comerica Park in 2002.
Rest in peace Mr. Dapper. Thank you for serving our country. Say hello to Ernie Harwell.
the list of living Brooklyn Dodger Major Leaguers is down to 51.
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.
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.
Here is a fun video of Duke Snider in “What is my Line”
I started this list of Brooklyn Dodger players Alive. We had ten Brooklyn Dodger players that passed away in 2010, so here is the updated list.
no Player Birthdate Born in and other notes
- Tony Malinosky 10/5/1909 Illinois. Lives in Oxnard, CA
- Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer
- Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
- 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 PR. Played for Mexico and Cuba.
- Cliff Dapper 1/2/1920 Los Angeles Traded for Ernie Harwell.
- Boyd Bartley 2/11/1920 Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949
- Jean-Pierre Roy 6/26/1920 Canada. Commentator for the Expos
- Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher
- Johnny Schmitz 11/27/1920 Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher.
- Andy Pafko 2/25/1921 Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
- Marv Rackley 7/25/1921 Seneca, SC. Left fielder
- Chuck Kress 12/9/1921 Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.
- Eddie Masinksi 11/4/1922 Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka
- Don Lund 1 5/8/1923 Detroit. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
- Tim Thompson 3/1/1924 Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA
- 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 at 18
- Ralph Branca 1/6/1926 Mount Vernon, NY.
- Bob Borkowski 1/27/1926 Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black
- Randy Jackson 2/10/1926 Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”
- Dick Teed 3/8/1926 Springfield, MA. One at in 1953
- Elmer Sexauer 5/21/1926 St Louis County, MO. Pitcher
- Don Newcombe 6/14/1926 Madison, NJ. Still working 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. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
- Rocky Bridges 8/7/1927 Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
- Tommy Lasorda 9/22/1927 Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 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
- Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, SC. Pitcher
- Joe Pignatano 8/4/1929 Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach
- 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 & LA
- Chico Fernandez 3/2/1932 Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets
- Jim Gentile 6/3/1934 San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers
- Don Demeter 6/25/1935 Oaklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister
- Sandy Koufax 12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefhander 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.
ref: Baseball references, wikipedia, updated from my 2010 post in January.
My thoughts and prayers go to the people killed in Tucson, Arizona and to their family. Among the six killed was third-grader Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Greene, and granddaughter of former Phillies pitcher and manager Dallas Greene.
Last year I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry” On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter. Jean Ardell was the moderator.
At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“. Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.
I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason: Well, because is about the Giants. But is more than about the Giants. Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians. Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist. About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game. A more innocent time. Is about Baseball History.
The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn. The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers. Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers. But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket. He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds. Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.
I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2. Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.
Harold Cano tells this:
but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side. As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower. I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.
She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled.
I said, “I say so. You’re an American-League bum.”
she held up a banner and waved it at me. It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.”
Could she had been Hilda Chester?
Have you ever found anything of value between the covers of a used book? The only thing I have found is gum wrappers, movie ticket stubs and one time I found a feather.
I have heard of notable finds that included a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card and a golf scorecard signed by Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.
At my last trip to Friends of the Library bookstore at Alhambra, I found the following books:
Baseball and the Cold War_Howard Senzel.
The Echoing Green Joshua _Prager
Seasons Past_Damon Rice.
Season Ticket Roger Angel
I had checked out the Echoing Green from the library some time but I really did not have time then and had to return it. I was glad that this book was among my finds.
So currently I am reading The Echoing Green. This is not only a very good baseball book but a very good book. I know the ending but it is reading like a very good novel.
I also found this book at another library sale. I have only read the story of Rube Marquard and Tommy Leach but so far this is another very good book. I am throughly enjoying the stories of these baseball players of yesterdays as told in their own humble words.
I recently went to the downtown LA library and found another treasure in “The Baseball Reader : Favorites from the Fireside Books of Baseball” Edited by Charles Eisntein. This book has articles by well-known sportwriters and a good selection of poetry and fiction. I want my own copy!
The last article I read from this book is Roger Angell who is one of my favorites.
I am sure you will like and relate to the conclusion of Roger Angell’s article on “1975: Boston Red Sox 7, Cincinnati 6”
It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look–I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost.
What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring–caring deeply and passionately, really caring–which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naïveté –the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the hazardous flight of a distant ball–seems a small price to pay for such a gift.
Sad to report that another of our Brooklyn Dodgers passed away. We are now down to 59. Rest in peace Billy Loes