A tradition in my blog on December 31 is to pay tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2014.
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Here is my annual post, a tribute to all the Dodgers that have passed away. I am glad that we do not have as many players as we had in 2011. (nine). Here is the post from last year:
Gary Carter (04-08-1954 – 02-16-2012) Nicknamed “The kid” A local Southern California kid. He was born in Culver City, CA. I saw him play with the Montreal Expos. He played for the Dodgers in 1991.
Ed Stevens (01-12-1925 – 07-12-2012) Played for the Dodgers 1945-1947)
From the New York Times:
Ed Stevens played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 60 runs, and he came to spring training the following year expecting to be one of the key figures in the lineup.
“I had no animosity toward Jackie,” Stevens wrote in his memoir, “The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story” (2009). “Branch Rickey was my object of anger.
Ed was a coach for the Padres in 1981.
Bill Skowron (12-31-1933 to 4/27/2012) The Yankees first baseman from 1955 to 1962. A World Series hero for the Yankees in 1958, came to the Dodgers in 1963 but he was not the slugger he was with the Yankees. Still the Dodgers won the World Series in 1963. He finished his career with a .282 average, 211 homers and 888 RBI.
Ken Rowe. Born December 31, 1933. Died November 22,2012. Ken Rowe played three seasons in the Major Leagues and worked in the Indians’ player development system for more than two decades.
Rowe made 26 career big league appearances from 1963-65, posting a 3.57 ERA in 45 1/3 innings. In all, Rowe coached for 35 years in the Appalachian League, Northern League, Minors and Majors.
Rowe spent over 50 years in the game of baseball. He pitched professionally for 15 seasons from 1953-1968 and spent time with the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963 and the Baltimore Orioles in 1964 and 1965. In 1964 while with the Dodger’s Triple-A affiliate, he pitched in a then-record 94 games, finishing with a record of 17-11 as a relief. He missed the 1957 season while serving in the United States Army.
Boyd Bartley (02-11-1920 to 12-21-2012) He was 92. See my post on Boyd Bartley here: http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/12/23/rest-in-peace-boyd-bartley/
You have gone to the Big Dodger in the Sky Boys of Summer but you are not forgotten. Rest in peace.
I compared all 76 major league players passed away in 2012 to double check who was a Dodger. From Howie Koplitz that passed away on 01/02/2012 to Ryan Freel on 12/22/2012. In alphabetical order from Herb Adams to Eddie Yost. From Frank Pastore who was killed very close to my house, two exits away on the 210 freeway. Mr. Pastore was riding his motorcycle on his way home from work.
There were four that passed away outside of the United States: Jack Pierce in Monterey, Mexico; John Kralick in Sinaloa, Mexico; Roberto Rodriguez in Maracay, Venezuela and Pascual Perez in the Dominican Republic.
Hope you all are playing a good game up there. Rest in peace.
ref: New York Times, Examiner.com LA Times, Basebal-reference, Deadball era, baseball almanac and my handy Dodger 2012 guide.
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