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!
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
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.
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.
I’ve been working on a list of Brooklyn Dodger players alive. When I started the list, there were 63, but Thursday 1/21/10, Bobby Bragan passed away at the age of 92.
Below is the updated list.
It starts with Tony Malinosky, the oldest at 100 years old and Rod Miller who had a birthday on 1/16, the youngest at 70 years old. Sandy Koufax is the third youngest one.
Here is Duke Snider working with the young players at the Winter Workouts iat Dodger Stadium in 2009.
July 28, 2010: Sadly, the list is now down to 59 Brooklyn Dodger players.
November 7, 2010: Rest in peace Clyde King. He passed away November 2, 2010
Born in and other Notes
Illinois, lives in Oxnard, CA.
George Cisar **
Chicago, Il. **Died 2/19/10
Old GreenwichCT, active Golfer.
Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
Bobby Bragan **
***Passed away Thursday 01/21/2010***
Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher.
ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats.
Puerto Rico. Played for Mexico, Cuba.
Los Angeles, CA. Traded for announcer Ernie Harwell
Chicago. . Played in nine games in 1943.
Pittsville, MA. Raised in New Jersey.
Canada. Commentor for the Expos.
Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher.
Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher. Still living there.
Boiceville, ILL. lives in Mount Prospect, IL.
Johnny Van Cuyk
Little Chute, WI. Pitcher. Passed away July 10,2010
Seneca, SC. Left fielder.
Philadelphia, PA. Lefty First Baseman.
Dixon, MO. LP. Lives in Washington, MO. Died 5/24/10
Buffalo, NY. Nickname: the Fiddler. Bazzoka.
Detroit, MI. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA.
Clyde King **
Goldboro, NC. Was Pitcher, coach, manager, GM for the Yankees.
Youngston, OH. http://www.georgeshuba.com/
Gavelston, TX Coach for the Padres in 1981.
Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc.
Clare, MI. Coach under Ted Williams.
Astoria, NY. Pitcher Appeared in one game @ 18.
Anadarco, OK. Pitcher and pitching coach. Died 8/26/10
Mount Vernon, NY. Lives in Rye, NY.
Dayton, OH. Lives in Dayton. Traded for Joe Black
Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Hansome Ransom.”
Springfield, MA. One at-bat in 1953.
St Louis County, MO. Pitcher. Lives in Florida.
Madison, NJ. Currently works for the Dodgers!
Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder.
Los Angeles, CA. HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
Sommerville, MA. Appeared in one game at 17.
Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
Columbia, MO. Played 4 Cubs,Indians, Pirates, A’s
Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr.
Norristown, PA. 60 years working for the Dodgers!
Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs.
St Louis, MO. LF, 3B, coach, Manager.
Seattle, WA. Afterwards coach of Uni of WA.
Columbia, SC. Pitcher
Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach.
Billy Loes **
Long Island, NY. **passed away 7/15/2010
San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS.
Durham, NC Pitcher, coach and manager.
Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies.
Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays.
East Millboro, PA. Relief Pitcher and scout.
Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees.
Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn and L.A.
Cuba. SS. Also played for Phillies, Tigers & Mets.
NY, NY. Pitched last game at Brooklyn.
San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers.
Oaklahoma City, OK. CF. Now a Baptist minister.
Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefthander pitcher!
Brooklyn, NY Resides in Houston, Tx.
Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
I love you Boys of Summer!
What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again — means more to me than all the things I did in baseball. — Don Newcombe
After being at Washington DC my Dodgers have to deal with the security in Pittsburgh as a result of the G-20 Summit. My poor babies! Traveling secretary Scott Akasaki had to make special arrangements
From Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times
A ban on incoming private charter flights to Pittsburgh was imposed by the Secret Service and Major League Baseball had to receive a special waiver so the Dodgers could get into town. The waiver was granted under the condition that the Dodgers would hve to go through TSA lines at Washington Dullies Aiport and have their bags sniffed by bomb-sniffing dogs.
Akasai told players that they culdn’t carry alcohol or cologne in their carry-on baggage.
Because of the various checkpoints, Akasaki booked rooms at a hotel on the outskirts of the designated security zones instead of at the regular team hotel in the heart of downtown. But there is expected to be added security in the new hotel, as it is housing the French, German and Turkish delegations at the G-20.
So with all this security, expect a smaller crowd than usual at PNC tonight. I made my first trip to PNC last year. It is such a beautiful stadium. Here is a picture
I love Jerry Crowe from the L.A. Times. Here is what he wrote this morning:
For those who can’t get enough of Tim McCarver -anybody?_the Fox baseball analyst has released a music CD, “Tim McCarver Sings the Great Ameerican Songbook.”…
One of the songs he tackles is “There Used to be a Ballpark,” which will remind no one of Frank Sinatra’s version….
Good Luck Garland! Let’s Go Dodgers!