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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

Andy K, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

^ 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

tito francona, 84

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 February 2018 21:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

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

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 17:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

le grand orange, 73

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

'71 WS is the first i remember watching, RIP

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 June 2018 01:40 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

Red Schoendienst, at 95

WilliamC, Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:26 (six months ago) Permalink

rip Red

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:54 (six months ago) Permalink

best strike call

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:16 (five months ago) Permalink

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

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:21 (five months ago) Permalink

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 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 July 2018 01:01 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:31 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

longtime giants broadcaster hank greenwald, 83

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

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 month ago) Permalink

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 month ago) Permalink

Between the '30s and the PED era, his '69 season was a benchmark offensively.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Checked that, and his '69 is indeed the highest OPS+ year (209) in that gap by someone not named Williams or Mantle.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 November 2018 11:56 (one month ago) Permalink

He showed up in 1972 healthy and raring to go, and homered on Opening Day off Houston’s Don Wilson. In the season’s fourth game, San Diego’s John Jeter ran into McCovey at first base, fracturing Willie’s right forearm. ("I feel like I killed Santa Claus," Jeter said.)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Posnanski just posted a McCovey entry in his countdown (#89, obviously bumped up or down because of his death), and he reminded me of one of my favourite moments in Ball Four:

"Hey Willie," Jim Bouton said to McCovey as he and what he called "a group of terrorized pitchers" watched McCovey smash terrifying home run after terrifying home run in batting practice. "Can you do that every time?"

McCovey, Bouton said, did not even smile.

"Just about," he said.

clemenza, Friday, 2 November 2018 00:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Apparently we failed to note Marty Pattin, AL pitcher 1968-80, mostly for the Royals (and a Seattle Pilot), who died last month.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 November 2018 19:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Another Ball Four guy...Line I think I remember: "Marty, how do you hold your gopher balls?" (which Bouton felt bad about after he said it).

clemenza, Monday, 12 November 2018 19:54 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

RIP Fred Caligiuri — the oldest living former @MLB player — who died Friday at the age of 100. Pitching for the Philadelphia @Athletics, he faced Ted Williams on the final day of the 1941 season when he hit .406. Read Caligiuri's #SABR bio:

— SABR (@sabr) December 3, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night, a spokesperson for their Venezuelan team, Cardenales de Lara, confirmed.

Valbuena was 33. Castillo was 37.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 7 December 2018 08:13 (one week ago) Permalink

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.

Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop or crash so they can rob the occupants. Heredia said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.

Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto.

Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website BeisbolPlay.

omar little, Saturday, 8 December 2018 03:00 (one week ago) Permalink

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