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
I am little late posting.
Day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan for the Think Blue, act Green location was Santa Monica for “Heal the Bay” Day. Notice the Dodgers 2011 Caravan bus in the background.
In attendance were Shawn Green, Steve Garvey, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn, Fernando Valenzuela, Sweet Lou Johnson, Darryl Thomas and Charlie Steiner.
Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson were in our team. Gabe was the nicest guy and Sweet Lou, he is just always so sweet. Our team (Team5) trashed the competition by collecting 30 pounds of trash 🙂
Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers. When I told him he looked thinner, he said “Yeah?, I’ve been working out”.
Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.
Shawn Green is back! When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.
We caught a little rain in Santa Monica but everyone’s spirit was high! I commend the Dodgers for this year caravan! The Think Blue and Act Green theme was a great idea.
On a sad note, we lost another Dodgers player. Gino Cimoli died last Saturday of kidney and heart complications. He was 81.
Gino played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers. He was the first batter on the West Coast. He also scored the final run at Ebbets Field. Rest in peace Gino Cimoli. Obituary hereLA Times Obiturary
The number of living-Brooklyn Major Leaguers is down to 50.