baseball obituaries 2015

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Stu "Blown Off the Mound" Miller, pitched 1952-68

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12125102/former-san-francisco-giants-pitcher-stu-miller-dies-age-87

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 13:32 (six years ago) link

negro league all-star, carolina league rbi champion and kinston baseball fixture carl long

http://www.kinston.com/news/local/carl-long-died-monday-at-age-79-1.423968

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:41 (six years ago) link

http://wgntv.com/2015/01/23/cubs-legend-ernie-banks-has-died

Andy K, Saturday, 24 January 2015 03:49 (five years ago) link

aw

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 January 2015 03:56 (five years ago) link

:(

k3vin k., Saturday, 24 January 2015 04:22 (five years ago) link

sad news. just an absolute dude. Met him when I was a kid at the cubs convention and it felt like meeting babe ruth.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:37 (five years ago) link

in pittsburgh we had clemente and stargell, but ernie banks was for everyone

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:43 (five years ago) link

man.

Tove Lo Tove You Baby (jaymc), Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:49 (five years ago) link

RIP

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:54 (five years ago) link

RIP Ernie

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:58 (five years ago) link

In the Historical Abstract, James said that Banks' two MVP seasons might have been the two most valuable seasons ever. That was long before WAR (9.4 and 10.2 on Baseball Reference--including great defense), where they don't register as quite that monumental. But just the idea that you could have a shortstop hitting 45-50 home runs, in Wrigley or anywhere (again, long before A-Rod).

clemenza, Saturday, 24 January 2015 14:48 (five years ago) link

oh man. he was always such a great interview.

qualx, Saturday, 24 January 2015 22:13 (five years ago) link

RIP. Awesome player and an awesome guy.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 25 January 2015 09:54 (five years ago) link

I don't remember this, but nice photo:

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/01/24/450818451-840e590bb79ddc83aea817178a015b2207fbe39e-s400-c85.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:02 (five years ago) link

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/01/26/former-red-sox-pitcher-ben-monbouquette-dies/sXeMPgSs04iSUOdFEyz75O/story.html?hootPostID=60b1c9626954d8fb235fd109ea13c240

bill monbouquette, red sox/tigers/yankees/giants pitcher, 1936-2015

3.68 career ERA, threw a no-no in '62 vs. the white sox

i'm tellin you it was kenard (slothroprhymes), Monday, 26 January 2015 17:00 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

wendell kim

mookieproof, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:22 (five years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-3t4F8W0AAcsjo.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 27 February 2015 18:25 (five years ago) link

Fred Mertz AND Spock.

(would a Rhubarb viewing party get you out of the house, mook?)

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 February 2015 20:04 (five years ago) link

maybe!

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 February 2015 02:32 (five years ago) link

He should have been in the Hall of Fame before today. RIP.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 2 March 2015 00:51 (five years ago) link

If you give enough weight to his a) late start (25 as a rookie), b) historical importance, and c) MVP support (no wins, but four fourth-place finishes), yes. Statistically, with the exception of one great year ('54), he's not quite as strong as I would have thought.

clemenza, Monday, 2 March 2015 02:27 (five years ago) link

Christina Kahrl interviewed him last week:

A few guys who would shout, "Hit this [N-word] in the head." When we went to Philadelphia, you could hear Jimmy Dykes [then a coach for the A's] shouting that from the dugout. But then, after the game back to the hotel, he passed me by and said, "Hello, Mr. Minoso." And I went, "Wait a minute, how do you now call me 'Mr. Minoso,' but before you called me dirty names during the game?" And he said, "That's the game."

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/blackhistoryMLBminoso/white-sox-great-minnie-minoso-integration-fan-appreciation-cuba-hof-slight

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:36 (five years ago) link

former met/oriole jeff mcknight, aged 52

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 17:42 (five years ago) link

1970 AL batting champ alex johnson

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 18:06 (five years ago) link

Al Rosen, 1953 AL MVP (Indians), 1987 Executive of the Year (Giants)

http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/03/14/al-rosen-dies-cleveland-indians-mvp-san-francisco-giants

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2015 09:11 (five years ago) link

Missed Alex Johnson. Because 1970 was my first year watching baseball, still remember that he won that batting race going into the fourth decimal place (and, without checking, that he hit .329).

(Which I did check after typing that. But not before.)

clemenza, Sunday, 15 March 2015 18:56 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ford C. Frick award winner Lon Simmons:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/12624395/lon-simmons-hall-fame-san-francisco-giants-broadcaster-dies-91

polyphonic, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 19:25 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Jim Fanning, former Expos GM.

http://montrealgazette.com/sports/baseball/longtime-expos-manager-jim-fanning-dies

I'm actually about halfway through Jonah Keri's Expos book at the moment.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 April 2015 02:56 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

RIP Nelson Doubleday; you weren't a fucking Wilpon

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/13104166/former-new-york-mets-owner-nelson-doubleday-dies-81

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 June 2015 05:04 (five years ago) link

darryl hamilton

jeez

mookieproof, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:01 (five years ago) link

Ugh, that's horrible.

polyphonic, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:06 (five years ago) link

His poor son. Man.

Andy K, Monday, 22 June 2015 18:01 (five years ago) link

if Kevin Millar gets called up to fill his chair the terrorists have won.

chaki wite (sanskrit), Monday, 22 June 2015 23:38 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Billy Pierce

Van Horn Street, Friday, 31 July 2015 20:37 (five years ago) link

pierce bio by neyer

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/9e29afb8

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 July 2015 21:01 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

"youneverknow"

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:38 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

yogi berra

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 07:19 (five years ago) link

RIP Lawrence Peter

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:14 (five years ago) link

Aw, RIP

Exit, pursued by Yogi Berra (WilliamC), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:47 (five years ago) link

RIP Yogi.

I just learned (from the NYT obit) that his return to Yankee Stadium after 14 years feuding with the Steinbrenners happened on the same day as David Cone's perfect game.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:03 (five years ago) link

he was going to jump into Cone's arms but they couldn't find a stepladder.

last time i saw him AND Gary Carter was at the closing of Shea Stadium:

http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Yogi+Berra+Gary+Carter+Florida+Marlins+v+New+gvQWrA9KENtl.jpg

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:54 (five years ago) link

aww man ... it's getting dusty in here ...

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:36 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Dean Chance:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-dean-chance-angels-cy-young-winner-dies-20151011-story.html

Dominant in '64 (a little less so when you adjust for era and park).

clemenza, Monday, 12 October 2015 11:46 (five years ago) link

Also an object lesson in how pitchers were destroyed in those days. He was on track for the HOF at 27, at which point he'd thrown 1800+ innings; threw another 350, and retired at 30.

clemenza, Monday, 12 October 2015 11:50 (five years ago) link

@BNightengale
Dave Henderson, the gregarious man known as Hendu, died Sunday, one month after getting a kidney transplant. He will be tremendously missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPwYfPwl7qs

Andy K, Sunday, 27 December 2015 16:28 (five years ago) link

Wow, RIP Hendu. He was a big guy, even by today's standards.

The big moment starts at around 2h30m of the video in the previous post.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 27 December 2015 18:09 (five years ago) link

Joe Strauss, who covered the Cardinals, along with the braves and orioles earlier in his life, has passed away.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 27 December 2015 20:32 (five years ago) link

monte irvin

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:09 (five years ago) link

I toured Cuba with Mr Irvin and a couple dozen fans in 2004; he was 85, not in great health, but game and generous with his time. (He was visiting for the first time since playing on the island in the mid '40s.) A privilege to have met him and spent a little time with him.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:59 (five years ago) link

btw despite "ill health," you could tell the average man with his ailments would never have made the trip. Strong like bull.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 January 2016 22:15 (five years ago) link

RIP, Monte.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 03:16 (five years ago) link

Knew I knew him, couldn't figure out where--closer on the '61 Yankees. 29 saves got him 6th place in MVP voting in the Mantle/Maris/Cash/Gentile year.

clemenza, Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:01 (five years ago) link

negroleaguesmuseum
‏@nlbmprez
Al Spearman, 89, a sinker ball pitcher w/the Chicago American Giants & Monarchs, died today . @MLB @Royals RT #RIP

Andy K, Friday, 15 January 2016 01:40 (five years ago) link

frank sullivan; led the red sox in era from 1954-1957

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 22:13 (four years ago) link

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YgO6fdOodGo/T5h5mJkQ4II/AAAAAAAAKmA/axmZhGlE_Rk/s1600/waltnoneckwilliams.jpg

walt 'no neck' williams

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:33 (four years ago) link

RIP

Williams, first baseman-DH Ron Blomberg, and shortstop Gene Michael often made trips to the local branch of Burger King, downing multiple hamburgers at the price tag of 39 cents a burger. Williams ate hamburgers voraciously, in much the same way that “Wimpy” did in those old Popeye cartoons.

Both before and after games, Williams liked to cover his body in Vaseline. Williams felt that it was good for his skin.

http://baseballhall.org/discover/card-corner/no-neck-williams

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link

@Sullivan_Ranger
Walt Williams passed away Saturday. The only Hawaii Islanders player to hit a home run through the Columbia Inn puka at Honolulu Stadium

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:09 (four years ago) link

second time in a week, jeez

mookieproof, Sunday, 31 January 2016 19:24 (four years ago) link

negro league 1B james 'red' moore, 99

mookieproof, Monday, 8 February 2016 20:01 (four years ago) link

tom singer, writer who began covering baseball in 1974 and was one of mlb.com's first hires 15 years ago, most recently serving as pirates beat writer

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:34 (four years ago) link

jim davenport

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cbl8dJdUYAAJmE6.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 19 February 2016 17:07 (four years ago) link

tony phillips!

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 19 February 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbmJwk5VAAAEdXz.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 19 February 2016 18:07 (four years ago) link

@TJQuinnESPN
Spoke openly w me about his addiction. Said, "kid, I swear I'm clean in the offseason. But the season is too MFing hard not to get F'd up."

Andy K, Friday, 19 February 2016 18:49 (four years ago) link

@TJQuinnESPN
Once Sox minor owner Jack Gould came through clubhouse. Said, "Hi Tony." He said, "what's up, old MF'er." TP turned to me. "Who was that?"

Andy K, Friday, 19 February 2016 18:50 (four years ago) link

dammit

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 19:45 (four years ago) link

loved tony phillips. those early '90s tigers teams were so much fun to watch, a mini-murderers row. lots of low AVG/high OBP dudes with power.

nomar, Friday, 19 February 2016 19:55 (four years ago) link

good tony phillips stories at https://twitter.com/hbryant42 too

mookieproof, Friday, 19 February 2016 21:36 (four years ago) link

tony!

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 19 February 2016 21:59 (four years ago) link

@hbryant42
TP goes 0-for-4 w/3 K's, A's down 10-8. 5th AB, 3-run, 9th inn HR off Timlin. A's win 11-10.
Post
Me: saw you last night
TP: Fuck you did.

@hbryant42
Me:Bet you'd go 0-for-4
TP:Sobered up by the 5th one.
Me:Happy Birthday.
TP: We'll see how happy you are when you're 40 fucking years old.

Andy K, Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:34 (four years ago) link

Great player. Offensively, I'd almost say he was to Raines what Raines was to Henderson; defensively, obviously much more versatile than either.

clemenza, Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:37 (four years ago) link

sort of a proto-zobrist

nomar, Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:40 (four years ago) link

Proto-Zobrist almost sounds like some kind of political faction in Israel.

clemenza, Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:42 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

joe garagiola

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:32 (four years ago) link

damn, RIP

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:34 (four years ago) link

saw him in a radio studio circa 1969 on a tour of the 30 Rock building, waved at us thru the glass

looked the same for the next 40 years

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:44 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXf5GPt8O-E

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:47 (four years ago) link

didnt remember Scully & Joe as GotW partners. I do remember Joe & Tony Kubek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3OfRjfllgw

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:48 (four years ago) link

do the quotes mean that is NOT Jose Lind?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:48 (four years ago) link

that is jose lind, but fair to use quotes around "pittsburgh pirates" in the mid-80s

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:51 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CeQfSmMXIAEVJ0L.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:55 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CeQfv8uW4AAEt6p.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:57 (four years ago) link

reading through peanuts collections is how i first encountered joe garagiola.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:00 (four years ago) link

had a good 1946 World Series at bat, and same with terrible Pirates of '52

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:22 (four years ago) link

One that resonates. Grew up with Joe, Gowdy, and Kubek. (That's how I remember it, although if I actually checked back, maybe the three of them weren't together all that long.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:09 (four years ago) link

JG did a pregame show, it was usu Gowdy & Kubek in the booth in the '70s on NBC

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 21:24 (four years ago) link

My memories of the Game of the Week were Joe and Kubek to start with, then after a few years it was Joe and Vin, with Tony and the rookie Bob Costas doing the B game, or the 2nd game on the rare doubleheader Saturdays.

RIP JoeGaryJoe – that's what my wife's mother called him. He fought the good fight against players' tobacco use but didn't live to see it eliminated onfield entirely.

Yoshimi P-We's Playhouse (WilliamC), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:28 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

A belated RIP to Charlie Williams, who died Jan. 27, 2015, four days after Ernie Banks. Just stumbled over him when I was looking up something to do with Willie Mays; Williams (+ $50,000) was the only guy ever traded for Mays, in the '72 deal that brought Mays to the Mets.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/31/sports/charlie-williams-a-met-traded-for-mays-dies-at-67.html

clemenza, Monday, 28 December 2020 16:34 (two weeks ago) link


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