Thursday, April 13, 2017

RIP - Bob Cerv

Former Yankees' and Athletics' outfielder Bob Cerv passed away on April 6, 2017 at age 91.

Cerv began his career in 1951 with the Yankees. After 6 seasons as a bench player, he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics (a/k/a the Yankees' AAAA farm team) after the 1956 season.

His best years were from 1957-60, where he was a regular for the Athletics, then returned to the Bronx early in the 1960 season (and going 5-for-14 in the Fall Classic that year).

After the 1960 season, he was drafted by the expansion Angels, but returned to the Yankees in May 1961. Sold to the expansion Houston Colt .45s in June 1962, he was released a month later, ending his 12-year career.

New York Times obituary

Kansas City Star obituary

(card image from eBay)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

RIP - Roy Sievers

Roy Sievers, a slugging OF/1B who played for the Browns, Senators, White Sox, and Phillies from 1949-1965, passed away on April 3, 2017 at age 90.

Sievers won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1949 while playing for the St. Louis Browns.

When the team moved to Baltimore after the 1953 season, Sievers was traded to the Washington Senators. He enjoyed his greatest success during his 6-year stay with the Nats. In 1957 he led the AL with 42 homers and 114 RBI. He topped 100 RBI 3 other times and hit 39 homers in 1958.

Roy played for the White Sox in 1960 and 1961, then spent 2 1/2 seasons with the Phillies.

In mid-1964 he moved on to the (new) Washington Senators, making Roy one of 8 players to have played for both Senators' franchises.

Washington Post obituary

Roy Sievers' story on SABR website

Saturday, April 1, 2017

RIP - Ruben Amaro Sr

1960s Phillies shortstop Ruben Amaro passed away on March 31, 2017 at age 81.

(The Phillies' family has lost 3 members in the last 10 days: Dallas Green, 1987-89 pitcher Todd Frohwirth, and now Amaro.) 

Amaro played for the Phillies from 1960-65, sharing the shortstop job with Bobby Wine during that time. He also played for the Yankees from 1966-69 and the Angels in 1969.

After his playing career, Amaro was hired by Dallas Green as a minor-league assistant and scout from 1972-79, and as the Phillies' 1st base coach from 1980-81. He also scouted for the Cubs, Tigers, White Sox, and Astros. obituary

6abc (Philadelphia) obituary