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Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger players alive as of January 12, 2012

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!

Rest in Peace #4 Duke Snider

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!   

 

Remember this post?  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/01/honoring_the_54_brooklyn_dodge_1.html

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.  

Former Brooklyn Player Cliff Dapper Passes Away

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. 

From http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/02/a_bit_of_news_both_happy_and_s.html

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.  

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. 

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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. 

 

 

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive as of January 10th, 2011

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 

  1. Tony Malinosky          10/5/1909            Illinois.  Lives in Oxnard, CA
  2. Mike Sandlock           10/17/1915          Old Greenwich, CT.  Golfer
  3. Ray Hathaway            10/13/1916         Grinville, OH.  Minor league manager
  4. Cy Buker                     2/5/1919             Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher
  5. Lee Pfund                   10/10/1919         ILL.  His son was MGR of Miami Heats
  6. Luis Olmo                   10/11/1919         PR.  Played for Mexico and Cuba.
  7. Cliff Dapper                1/2/1920             Los Angeles  Traded for Ernie Harwell.
  8. Boyd Bartley               2/11/1920           Chicago.  Played in nine games in 1949  
  9. Jean-Pierre Roy         6/26/1920           Canada.  Commentator for the Expos
  10. Pat McGlothin             10/20/1920         Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher
  11. Johnny Schmitz           11/27/1920        Wasau, WI.  Lefty pitcher. 
  12. Andy Pafko                  2/25/1921          Boiceville, IL.  Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
  13. Marv Rackley               7/25/1921          Seneca, SC.  Left fielder
  14. Chuck Kress                12/9/1921          Philadelphia.  Lefty first baseman.
  15. Eddie Masinksi           11/4/1922          Buffalo, NY.  Nickname:  The Fiddler, Bazzoka
  16. Don Lund                    1 5/8/1923          Detroit.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
  17. Tim Thompson            3/1/1924            Coalport, PA.  Lives in Lewinston, PA
  18. George Shuba            12/13/1924        Youngston, OH  http://www.georgeshuba.com/
  19. Ed Stevens                  1/12/1925          Gavelston, TX.  Coach for the Padres in 1981
  20. Johnny Rutherford       5/5/1925            Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname: Doc 
  21. Wayne Terwilliger       6/27/1925          Clare, Mi.  Coach under Ted Williams
  22. Chris Haughey            10/3/1925          Astoria, NY.  Pitcher.  Appeared in one game at 18  
  23. Ralph Branca              1/6/1926            Mount Vernon, NY. 
  24. Bob Borkowski           1/27/1926          Dayton, OH.  Traded for Joe Black
  25. Randy Jackson            2/10/1926         Little Rock, AR.  Nickname:  “Handsome Ransom”
  26. Dick Teed                    3/8/1926            Springfield, MA.  One at in 1953
  27. Elmer Sexauer            5/21/1926          St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher
  28. Don Newcombe          6/14/1926          Madison, NJ.  Still working for the Dodgers
  29. Bobby Morgan             6/29/1926         Oaklahoma City, OK.  Infielder
  30. Duke Snider                9/19/1926          Los Angeles, CA  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!
  31. Charlie Osgood           11/23/1926       Sommerville, MA  appeared in one game at 17
  32. Carl Erskine                 12/13/ 1926     Anderson, IN.  http://www.carlerskine.com/
  33. Preston Ward               7/24/1927        Columbia, MO.  APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
  34. Rocky Bridges              8/7/1927          Refugio, TX.  Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
  35. Tommy Lasorda          9/22/1927        Norristown, PA.  HOF.  61 years working for the Dodgers
  36. Tommy Brown              12/6/1927         Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs
  37. Dick Williams                5/7/1928          St Louis, Mo.  Lf, 3B, coach & Manager
  38. Joe Landrum                 12/13/1928      Columbia, SC.  Pitcher  
  39. Joe Pignatano              8/4/1929           Brooklyn, NY.  Catcher and coach
  40. Gino Cimoli                   12/18/1929      San Francisco, CA.  Worked 21 years for UPS
  41. Roger Craig                  2/17/1930        Durham, NC.  Pitcher, coach and manager
  42. Ron Negray                   2/26/1930        Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies 
  43. Glenn Mickens              7/26/1930        Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA 
  44. Don Zimmer                  1/17/1931        Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays
  45. Ed Roebuck                  7/3/1931          East Millboro, PA.  relief pitcher and scout
  46. Fred Kipp                     10/1/1931         Piqua, KS.  Also pitched for the Yankees       
  47. Bill Harris                      12/3/1931         Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn & LA
  48. Chico Fernandez         3/2/1932           Cuba. SS.  APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets 
  49. Jim Gentile                   6/3/1934           San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers   
  50. Don Demeter               6/25/1935         Oaklahoma City.  CF.  Now a Baptist minister   
  51. Sandy Koufax             12/30/1935       Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefhander Pitcher! 
  52. Bob Aspromonte          6/19/1938        Brooklyn, NY.  Resides in Houston, TX 
  53. 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.

A Day in the Bleachers during the first game of the 1954 World Series

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.  

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  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?   

 

  

 

 

Treasures between the Covers

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:  

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Baseball and the Cold War_Howard Senzel. 

The Echoing Green Joshua _Prager

Seasons Past_Damon Rice.

Season Ticket Roger Angel

 

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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.   

ritter.JPGI 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!

 


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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


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