Friday, April 12, 2024

Wes Stock is 90

Happy 90th birthday (4/10) to Wes Stock!

RIP - Fritz Peterson

Former Yankees' starting pitcher Fritz Peterson passed away on April 11, 2024, at age 82.
Peterson made his major-league debut in April 1966, and was a member of the Yankees' starting rotation until his trade to the Indians in late-April 1974. Over his 8+ seasons with the Yankees, he appeared in 288 games, while starting 265 of them. (9 of his relief appearances came in 1968.) 
He won 20 games in 1970, and played in his only All-Star game that season. 
Peterson started for the Indians from April 1974 to May 1976, and finished the '76 season with the Rangers. 
He signed with the White Sox in February 1977, but did not play for them, retiring after shoulder surgery. 
After his playing career he wrote several books, including one on Mickey Mantle and one on the Yankees' "Horace Clarke era".

Sunday, April 7, 2024

RIP - Jerry Grote

Former Mets' catcher Jerry Grote passed away on April 7, 2024, at age 81.
Grote made his major-league debut with the Houston Colt .45s in September 1963. He spent the entire 1964 season with the Colts, taking over the starting catching job from John Bateman by mid-season. Curiously, he spent all of 1965 in the minors. 
After the '65 season, he was traded to the Mets for a pitcher who did not play in the majors after that trade. 
Grote was the Mets' #1 catcher from 1966-76, and made the All-Star team in 1968 and 1974.
He was traded to the Dodgers in late-1977, and was their backup catcher through the 1978 season. 
Grote retired after 1978, but came back with the Royals in 1981, before returning to the Dodgers for the final month of the season. 
Lou Brock found Grote to be one of the most difficult catchers on which to attempt a stolen base. Johnny Bench once said "If Grote and I were on the same team, I would be playing third base."  

Friday, March 15, 2024

RIP - Jim McAndrew

Jim McAndrew, a Mets' pitcher from 1968-73. passed away on March 14, 2024 at age 80. 
McAndrew was drafted by the Mets in 1965, out of the University of Iowa. He made his major-league debut in July 1968, starting all 12 of his games in his rookie season. 
He was the Mets' 5th starter for most of the next 6 seasons (except for spending much of 1971 in the bullpen). 
McAndrew retired after playing the 1974 season with the Padres. 
His son Jamie pitched for the Brewers in the mid-1990s.