baseball obituaries 2018

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Former Padres and Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:21 (two years ago) link

As mid-'70s iconic as Elton John or Patty Hearst or anybody.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:48 (two years ago) link

Very nice piece by the guy who wrote Big Hair and Plastic Grass.

Oscar's immortal quote, "They don't think it be like it is, but it do," was in reference to the insanity and dysfunction of the Yankees clubhouse under George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:26 (two years ago) link

“It be like it is” > “It is what it is”

Andy K, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:59 (two years ago) link

^ video from that link. looking at his initial stance (mentioned in the link) it makes me thing of the truism (?) that most major leaguers end up in the same place before they swing

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:01 (two years ago) link

My favorite story about the ufortunately late Oscar Gamble was when he popped up and his manager reminded him every player was supposed to take the first pitch unless there were a runner in scoring positon. "When I'm in the batter's box," replied Oscar, "I'm in scoring position."

— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 1, 2018

Andy K, Thursday, 1 February 2018 12:21 (two years ago) link

Wally Moon, Cards/Dodgers slugger who was NL ROY in 1954

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:55 (two years ago) link

tito francona, 84

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:07 (two years ago) link

Jack Hamilton, pitcher 1962-69, who fatefully hit Tony Conigliaro.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 February 2018 21:43 (two years ago) link

Sammy Stewart, pitcher 1978-87, who spiraled into addiction and prison

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 17:12 (two years ago) link

Charles was always eager to talk about his brushes with Jackie Robinson, starting with the sighting in Daytona Beach in 1946.

Charles also recounted a story of how he later spotted Robinson, who was by then on the Brooklyn Dodgers’ roster, on a train.

The Dodgers were in Florida playing an exhibition, and Charles and several friends “peered through openings in the fence,” he recalled in “Carrying Jackie’s Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball — and America,” by Steve Jacobson (2007).

After the game, the Dodgers prepared to leave from the railroad station.

“So now we’re walking down the platform, looking in the windows trying to see where Jackie was seated,” Charles said. “Finally we come to the right coach, and there is Jackie, playing cards. We waved and, you know, he waved back to us.”

“Then the train starts pulling out,” he went on, “and we start slowly walking with it, just waving to Jackie. The train picked up speed. We kept running and waving till the train got out of sight.”

“Things like that, you know, I can recall so vividly,” he said, “because they were very special moments in my life and in the life of the country. It was like the Messiah had come.”

mookieproof, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:59 (two years ago) link

le grand orange, 73

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:27 (two years ago) link

Oh damn, that's gonna put a damper on things in Queens.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:45 (two years ago) link

I remember Staub mostly in his later days mostly pinch hitting for the Mets. I seem to remember him being a tough out as with that choked up batting stance he seemed to be able to foul off tough pitches at will.

earlnash, Friday, 30 March 2018 19:04 (two years ago) link

Carl Scheib, who debuted pitching for the Philadelphia A's at 16 in 1943

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:40 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Dave Garcia, baseball lifer

When David was 11, his father died, and his mother went to work in a shirt factory to support her five children. He helped out by selling newspapers in downtown East St. Louis.

Garcia signed a contract with the St. Louis Browns in 1938. Sent to its minor-league team in Springfield, Ill., he was hit in the head by a pitch and did not return to play for more than a year. He subsequently tore up a knee while playing in Lake Charles, La., and broke a leg in Eau Claire, Wis. ...

Finally healthy, he had a strong season in 1947 with the Sioux City Soos, then took on the dual roles of player and manager, first with the Knoxville Smokies in Tennessee 1948 and then the Oshkosh Giants from 1949 to ’53.

...A hard-hitting second baseman in the 1940s and ’50s, Garcia managed many of the teams he played for. But Major League Baseball was not calling him. So, with his family growing, he retired as a player-manager and moved into scouting — then returned to managing in the minor leagues, adding Fresno, Calif., and Salt Lake City to his late-1960s travels.

But as he entered his 50th year, the majors finally beckoned. The San Diego Padres hired him as a coach in 1970, a stint that he followed with two managing jobs: first with the California Angels and then with the Cleveland Indians.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 May 2018 12:42 (two years ago) link

'71 WS is the first i remember watching, RIP

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 June 2018 01:40 (two years ago) link

Kison's big game wasn't quite my first WS game, but close--remember that more than I remember '70. Kind of amazed he was still there in '79.

clemenza, Sunday, 3 June 2018 03:18 (two years ago) link

Red Schoendienst, at 95

WilliamC, Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:26 (two years ago) link

rip Red

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:54 (two years ago) link

best strike call

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:16 (two years ago) link

didn't hit the big leagues til he was about 43

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:21 (two years ago) link

The Hall of Fame remembers former @Pirates first baseman and longtime trainer Tony Bartirome, who passed away on Friday.

— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) June 26, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:05 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Johnny Lewis, who played with the Cardinals and Mets from 1964-67

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 July 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

John Kennedy, utility infielder for the Senators, Red Sox, and '69 Seattle Pilots

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:10 (one year ago) link

Looks like there are a lot of references to Kennedy in Ball Four though I don't have a copy here.

timellison, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:31 (one year ago) link

i was gonna ask... i remember the tail end of his career, but not if Bouton wrote about him.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:34 (one year ago) link

Aaron Cox (Mike Trout's brother-in-law), retired minor league pitcher passed away at age 24.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

I often want to locate a quote in Ball Four and bemoan the lack of an index.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:31 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

loooong-time scout don welke, 75. 50 years in baseball, most recently with the padres

Don Welke, the veteran baseball man, was the scout who convinced Blue Jays to draft a Flint, Mich. high school left-hander in 1985. The final words of a very thorough report: "Has no right hand." (Jim Abbott went to Michigan instead.)

— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) September 20, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

Peter Bjarkman, historian of Cuban baseball, pioneer and pal, died suddenly yesterday, of a heart attack in Havana. I will miss him.

— John Thorn (@thorn_john) October 2, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:10 (one year ago) link

Saw him at SABR in NYC last year. This year's Cuba Ball tour just concluded, he must've been visiting with it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:18 (one year ago) link

new york times scribe dave anderson, who was the last writer to leave the ebbets field press box

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:37 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

longtime giants broadcaster hank greenwald, 83

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:42 (one year ago) link

former pitcher/longtime pitching coach bill fischer, 88

in 1962 he threw a record 84 1/3 consecutive innings (for the kansas city athletics) without issuing a walk

The Royals are saddened to announce the passing of Senior Pitching Advisor Bill Fischer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Fish touched so many lives during his career, not only with the Royals, but through his eight decades in pro baseball.

— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) October 31, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:19 (one year ago) link

It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. #Forever44 | #SFGiants

— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 31, 2018

Willie McCovey, 80

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:13 (one year ago) link

Fully aware of Buckner's limitations, the strikeout contrasts to today really are amazing. From Posnanski:

In 1980, the year Buckner led the league in batting, he came to the plate 615 times. He struck out 18 of them.

Bryce Harper has struck out 19 times in the last two weeks.

Joey Gallo struck out 207 times in 2018.

Bill Buckner struck out 205 times in the 1970s. The whole decade.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:48 (one year ago) link

(I will preemptively add that no, I would not take Buckner over Harper--obviously.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:59 (one year ago) link

Bob Stanley and Calvin Schraldi should have thanked Buckner for years that most fans probably outside Boston forgot their part in the Red Sox collapse.

i never actually saw the BB misplay at first. as i have probably recounted here somewhere, i was already lying flat on my back, staring up at the ceiling, as a result of the hits and of schiraldi. for me, it was already all over. it was so obviously all slipping away. my dad had to come back to the bedroom and gently break it to me what had happened. it barely registered. i already knew, somehow.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:09 (one year ago) link

What I remember most, besides Mookie Wilson barely fouling off a few pitches before the grounder, is that with one out, I think, NBC announced that Boston's Marty Barrett was the World Series MVP.

Also when the Mets won, my dad and I didn't celebrate, but just stared at each other; we couldn't believe it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:16 (one year ago) link

that book about the '70s Texas teams Seasons in Hell is a doozy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 June 2019 15:21 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Tyler Skaggs has passed away. We do not have details yet about how he passed, but tonight's game between the Angels and Rangers has been canceled.

— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 1, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 1 July 2019 21:01 (one year ago) link

what the fuck

omar little, Monday, 1 July 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link


omar little, Monday, 1 July 2019 21:04 (one year ago) link

omg that's horrible

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 1 July 2019 21:09 (one year ago) link

just shy of 28, pitched on Saturday

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 21:10 (one year ago) link

Jay Jaffe remembers Jim Bouton, personally. (I was at those SABR panels mentioned, in 2006 and 2017.)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:04 (eleven months ago) link

Joe Grzenda, who threw the final pitch in Senators history (and kept the ball), dies at 82

— Post Sports (@PostSports) July 16, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 21:29 (eleven months ago) link

Pumpsie Green--never would have guessed he was still alive.

The obituaries emphasize that he was the first African-American on the Red Sox, but I think--I might be wrong--they were the last team in the majors to integrate.

clemenza, Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:59 (eleven months ago) link

They were the final team to integrate (in 1959 -- the Globe article mentions this)

His appearance on the roster had followed picketing at Fenway Park. In spring training that year, Mr. Green hit .400 and was hailed by some reporters as the “camp rookie of the year.”

But to questions about whether Mr. Green would make the team, owner Tom Yawkey said: “The Red Sox will bring up a Negro when he meets our standards.”

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 18 July 2019 07:45 (eleven months ago) link

We are heartbroken to report the passing of Rob McQuown. Rob has been a pillar of Baseball Prospectus for a decade, and we are devastated by this news. We will pass along more information and appropriate tribute in due time. For now, please join us in grieving his loss.

— Baseball Prospectus (@baseballpro) July 17, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:46 (eleven months ago) link

7-foot-1 dutch reliever loek van mil, 34

mookieproof, Monday, 29 July 2019 14:53 (eleven months ago) link

In the 2017 WBC, he faced Israel’s Nate Freiman (6'8") in what was believed to be the tallest batter-pitcher matchup in baseball history.

Karl Malone, Monday, 29 July 2019 15:04 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

RIP to original Met, Al Jackson, who passed away earlier today.

— New York Mets (@Mets) August 19, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 19 August 2019 18:37 (ten months ago) link

also returned in '68-69

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 19 August 2019 21:46 (ten months ago) link


i wonder if he was seeing an unscrupulous doctor who overprescribed or if someone on the medical staff of the Angels is pushing oxy. it's an awful drug.

(i recently revived the oxycontin thread on ILE and it see how willing at least one ILXor was to give advice on how to take it to get high...)

omar little, Friday, 30 August 2019 20:19 (ten months ago) link

team connection is suspected

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 August 2019 20:20 (ten months ago) link

Detroit Tigers statement regarding the passing of Chace Numata:

— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 2, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 2 September 2019 19:57 (ten months ago) link

Skateboarding accident

Andy K, Monday, 2 September 2019 21:06 (ten months ago) link

Chris Duncan, a 2006 #STLCards World Series champion, has passed away at the age of 38. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) September 7, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:36 (nine months ago) link

Whoa, wtf?

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Saturday, 7 September 2019 05:55 (nine months ago) link

former syracuse chiefs president don waful, 103

he was captured by the germans in tunisia in 1942 and spent the next three years in POW camps -- much of it with davey johnson's dad fred at the oflag 64 camp in poland

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:24 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

shortstop jackie hernández, 79, who amassed -3.9 bWAR over nine seasons and had the assist on the final out of the 1971 world series

mookieproof, Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:52 (eight months ago) link

umpire eric cooper, 52. did the yanks-twins series two weeks ago.

mookieproof, Sunday, 20 October 2019 21:02 (eight months ago) link

jeez; gather ye rosebuds.

'71 WS was the first i remember watching (most of). RIP Jackie.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:09 (eight months ago) link

I watched the '71 Series intently and have zero recollection of Jackie Hernandez...I thought Gene Alley was the SS then.

clemenza, Monday, 21 October 2019 15:17 (eight months ago) link

Alley played 882 innings at short that year, Jackie 574.

Alley had only 3 PA in the World Series, don't know if he was hurt.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:24 (eight months ago) link

Can't find any clarification on that, but this would seem to be Hernandez's other biggest moment:

"A month before the World Series, Hernandez was part of another historic moment on Sept. 1 when Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh started a lineup consisting only of African-American and Latino players. The Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-7, that day at Three Rivers Stadium."

clemenza, Monday, 21 October 2019 15:30 (eight months ago) link

Hernandez was considered a top defensive SS, at least by Murtaugh and Clemente. He and Alley were the same age though.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 15:33 (eight months ago) link

former dodgers/expos/etc player and mariners announcer ron fairly, 81

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:49 (eight months ago) link

def saw him play at Shea in the '70s

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:14 (eight months ago) link

Flagship Jay, and I think the first Jays-Expos player.

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:17 (eight months ago) link

Think I misused "flagship"...original Jay (1977).

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:19 (eight months ago) link

'the only player to represent multiple non-US teams in the all-star game'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:22 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Vera Clemente, widow of No. 21

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:25 (seven months ago) link

twins prospect ryan costello, 23, of 'natural causes'

mookieproof, Monday, 18 November 2019 20:20 (seven months ago) link

Unnaturally young.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 18 November 2019 22:59 (seven months ago) link

former pitcher and phillies scout will brunson, 49

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 02:38 (seven months ago) link

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