Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RIP - Bob Bailey

Former Pirates, Dodgers, and Expos 3rd baseman Bob Bailey passed away on January 9, 2018 at age 75.

Bailey played for 17 seasons: 1962-66 with the Pirates, 1967-68 with the Dodgers (exchanged for Maury Wills), and 1969-75 with the Expos. He also played briefly with the Reds and Red Sox from 1976-78.

After his playing career, he was a hitting instructor and minor-league manager from 1979-87.

Montreal Gazette obituary

Dodgers Insider obituary

Long Beach Press-Telegram obituary

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Re-cap

And so, another year is in the books. Here are the players I blogged about in 2017 (not including posts with multiple players):

                        1960s' players who left us in 2017:

            Also: Bob Sadowski (INF), Bob Cerv, Bob Perry, Jerry Kindall.

And from outside the baseball world:
William Christopher (12/31/16)
Buddy Greco
Tony Rosato
Gene Cernan
Mary Tyler Moore
Mike Connors
Irwin Corey
Richard Hatch
Al Jarreau
Bill Paxton
Joseph Wapner
Robert Osborne
Chuck Berry
Chuck Barris
Don Rickles
J. Geils
Erin Moran
Daliah Lavi
Dina Merrill
Roger Moore
Gregg Allman
Roger Smith
Manuel Noriega
Adam West
Anita Pallenberg
Bill Dana
Babe Parilli
Martin Landau
June Foray
Sam Shepard
Ara Parseghian
Ty Hardin
Glen Campbell
Joseph Bologna
Jerry Lewis
Rollie Massimino
Richard Anderson
Bernie Casey
Jake LaMotta
Hugh Hefner
Monty Hall
Tom Petty
Fats Domino
Robert Guillaume
Connie Hawkins
Y.A. Tittle
John Hillerman
Liz Smith
Earle Hyman
Malcolm Young
Charles Manson
Della Reese
Mel Tillis
David Cassidy
Rance Howard
Jim Nabors
Tommy Nobis
Keely Smith
Dick Enberg
Heather Menzies
Rose Marie

Happy New Year to all my readers!

Friday, December 29, 2017

RIP - Al Luplow

Seems like there's been a flurry of passings in the 2nd half of December for the past few years.... :( 

1960s' outfielder Al Luplow passed away on December 28, 2017 at age 78.

Luplow played from 1961 to 1967 for the Indians, Mets, and Pirates. Most of his action came in 1962-63 with the Indians, and in 1966 with the Mets.

He retired following the 1967 season, split between the Mets and Pirates.

Saginaw, MI obituary

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

RIP - Jerry Kindall

Former Cubs, Indians, and Twins 2nd baseman Jerry Kindall passed away on December 24, 2017 at age 82.

Kindall played from 1956 to 1965, but was a regular only during the 1962 (Indians) and 1965 (Twins) seasons.

Kindall made his debut with the Cubs in July 1956, playing sparingly with the Cubs for 2 seasons as a bonus baby. He played parts of 1958-60 with the Cubs, but spent most of that time in the minors.

After playing for the Cubs in 1961, he spent 2 seasons with the Indians, and was their everyday 2nd baseman in 1962.

Kindall wrapped up his career with the Twins from 1964 to 1965. Although he was the teams' regular 2nd baseman for most of the '65 season, Frank Quilici took over at 2nd base in mid-September, including the World Series. Kindall did not appear in the post-season.

After his playing career, he was the head baseball coach at the University of Arizona for 24 years, winning 3 College World Series titles.

Chicago tribune obituary

Baseball America obituary

Friday, December 15, 2017

RIP - Frank Lary

Frank Lary, one of the mainstays of the Tigers' starting rotation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, passed away on December 13, 2017 at age 87.

Lary pitched for the Tigers from 1954 to 1964, and had 7 solid seasons (1955-61) in their starting rotation. He won more than 20 games twice, and was a 2-time All-Star. Lary also led the AL 3 times in complete games.

From mid-1964 to mid-1965 he was traded 3 times - to the Braves, Mets, and White Sox. He retired after the 1965 season.

Detroit News obituary

Tuscaloosa (AL) News obituary

Coincidentally, another sports figure passed on the same day:


Thursday, December 14, 2017

RIP - Manny Jimenez

Early-1960s' Kansas City Athletics' outfielder Manny Jimenez passed away on December 11, 2017 at age 79.

Jimenez started 121 games for the Athletics as a rookie in 1962, batting .301 with 11 homers and 69 RBI, and was named to the Topps All-Rookie team.

The following year he came back to Earth, splitting the season between KC and their triple-A squad. Manny played all of '64 with the A's in a backup role.

After playing all of 1965 in the minors, he was up and down for the next 4 seasons, only playing a handful of games with Athletics, Pirates, and Cubs between 1966 and 1969.

YouTube obituary

Sunday, December 10, 2017

RIP - Tracy Stallard

Tracy Stallard passed away on December 7, 2017 at age 80.

Stallard pitched for the Red Sox (1960-62), Mets (1963-64) and Cardinals (1965-66), and is most famously remembered as the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris' 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season.

Although Stallard played in the majors for 7 seasons, he spent most of the '60 and '62 seasons in the minors. He played his final big-league game in July 1966. Stallard played in the minors for the remainder of the 1966 season, and also in '67 and '69 before closing out his career with 4 seasons in Mexico.

New York Times obituary

NY Newsday obituary

Bristol (VA) Herald Courier obituary

Friday, October 27, 2017

RIP - Ed Barnowski

Ed Barnowski, an Orioles' prospect who had a few cups of coffee in '65 and '66 but who could not crack the excellent Baltimore pitching staffs of that era, passed away on October 17, 2017 at age 74.

Barnowski pitched for Syracuse University, then was a starting pitcher in the Orioles' minor leagues every season from 1963 to 1969, but only saw big-league action in 6 games, all in relief (4 in Sept '65, 2 in Sept '66).

After his playing career, he was the general manager for the Orioles' AAA Rochester Red Wings for a few seasons.

(Schenectady, NY) Daily Gazette obituary

Minneapolis Star-Tribune obituary

Monday, October 23, 2017

RIP - Don Lock

Don Lock, a center fielder for the Senators and Phillies in the 1960s, passed away on October 8, 2017 at age 81.

Lock debuted with the Senators in 1962 and was their regular center fielder from 1963-66. He led the Senators in home runs during '63 and '64, and was right behind the newly-acquired Frank Howard in the '65 and '66 seasons.

Traded to the Phillies after 1966, Lock spent 2 seasons platooning in Philly, then finished his career with the Red Sox in 1969.

MLB.com obituary

Wichita Eagle obituary

Saturday, October 21, 2017

RIP - Jim Landis

Long-time White Sox' center fielder Jim Landis passed away on October 7, 2017 at age 83.

Jim played for the White Sox for 8 seasons, and was an All-Star in 1962. He won a Gold Glove award in each of his last 5 seasons in Chicago.

An 8-player, 3-team trade before the 1965 season sent him to the Athletics. After 1 season with Kansas City, he played for the Indians in 1966, then finished his career with 3 different teams in 1967.

Chicago Sun-Times obituary

Chicago Tribune obituary

New York Times obituary

Thursday, October 19, 2017

RIP - John Herrnstein

John Herrnstein, who played briefly for the Phillies in the mid-1960s, passed away on October 3, 2017 at age 79.

Herrnstein was the Phillies' starting first baseman for much of their ill-fated 1964 season, then was relegated to the bench for the final 2 months when veteran Frank Thomas was acquired from the Mets.

Herrnstein played sparingly in 1965, because the Phillies traded for another veteran first-sacker (Dick Stuart) in the off-season.

In early 1966, John was included in the trade that sent Ferguson Jenkins to the Cubs.   Herrnstein retired after the 1966 season.

Herrnstein has one of the longest Wikipedia pages I have seen for someone with such a short, unremarkable baseball career.

Chillicothe Gazette obituary

another Chillicothe Gazette obituary

Herrnstein (and many others) screwed out of a MLB pension, thanks to the players' union greed

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Trades: Dodgers and Twins (Nov. 1967)

Another installment in an occasional series about some big trades in the 1960s: 

On November 28, 1967 the Dodgers gutted their bullpen and starting catching in an attempt to land a front-line shortstop. They failed miserably.

The Dodgers' top 2 relievers (Ron Perranoski and Bob Miller) along with John Roseboro (their starting catcher since 1958) were sent to the Twins in exchange for shortstop Zoilo Versalles and veteran pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant.

Ron Perranoski played for the Dodgers from 1961-67, and was the leader of the bullpen from 1962-65 and again in 1967. He led the NL in games during the '62 and '63 seasons. His 16-3 record in 1963 was the league's highest winning percentage. He never made an All-Star team, surprising given his stats and having played for the high-profile Dodgers. After the trade, Ron led the AL in saves during the '69 and '70 seasons with Minnesota. He was traded to the Tigers during the 1971 season.

Bob Miller played for the Dodgers from 1963-67.  Although a starter for much of 1963, we was strictly a reliever after that, taking his place right behind Perranoski on the bullpen ladder. Miller put in 2 solid seasons with the Twins (again behind Perranoski), then bounced around to 7 other teams during his final 5 seasons.

John Roseboro was a three-time All-Star with the Dodgers and had been the starter since taking over for the injured Roy Campanella at the start of the 1958 season. After the trade, John played 2 full seasons as the Twins' starting catcher (including making the All-Star team in 1969), then finished his career in 1970 as a backup for the Senators.

So who did the Dodgers get in exchange for those 3 guys who continued playing at a high level? LA was hoping to find a replacement for Maury Wills (who was traded away a year earlier) but got a whole lot of nothing.

Zoilo Versalles was the AL MVP in 1965, but had been declining since then. After batting .249 and .200 in his final 2 seasons with the Twins, he hit a whopping .196 in his only season with the Dodgers. Left unprotected in the expansion draft, he was selected by the Padres, but was quickly flipped to the Indians for 5-time Topps "Rookie Star" Bill Davis. Versalles was sold to the Senators in mid-year, then cut after the season. Verdict: Bust!

Mudcat Grant was a key starting pitcher for the Indians (1958-64) and Twins (1964-67), and won 21 games in 1965. He pitched mostly in relief for the Dodgers in 1968, then was selected by the Expos in the expansion draft.

(Roseboro's 1st-series card still shows him as a Dodger.)

ADVANTAGE: Twins! The Dodgers got only 1 season each from Grant and Versalles (both sub-par), while Perranoski and Roseboro (and to a lesser extent Miller) put in multiple solid seasons for the Twins.