Friday, January 18, 2019

RIP - Eli Grba


Eli Grba, who pitched for the Yankees and Angels in the early 1960s. passed away on January 14, 2019 at age 84.


Grba (GUR-bah) was a reliever for the Yankees from 1959-60, then joined the expansion Los Angeles Angels in 1961.

He was the Angels' #1 pick in the expansion draft, and started the first game in franchise history. He was a starter for the Angels for 2 seasons, before finishing up his major-league career in relief in 1963.

Grba continued playing in the minor leagues through the 1967 season.

Orange County Register obituary

2 comments:

Bill White said...

Not sure I realized it at the time I pulled the card from the wax pack as a kid, but the photo on his 1963 card was actually Ryne Duren.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Grba looks like comedian Michael Rapaport.