Saturday, November 21, 2020

RIP - Dan Pfister

Dan Pfister, who pitched for the Kansas City Athletics from 1961-64, passed away on November 9, 2020 at age 83.
Pfister was signed by the Athletics in 1957, and made his major-league debut in September 1961. 
Most of his playing time came in 1962, when he appeared in 41 games. He also played 3 games in 1963 and 19 games in 1964. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

RIP - Lindy McDaniel

Lindy McDaniel, a relief pitcher for the Cardinals, Yankees, and others for 21 seasons, passed away on November 14, 2020 at age 84.
McDaniel began his career in 1955 with the Cardinals, and except for 1957 and 1958, was mostly a reliever throughout his career. 
In 1960 he made both All-Star squads, and finished 3rd in the Cy Young voting. 
McDaniel also played for the Cubs from 1963-65, and the Giants from 1966-68 before settling in with the Yankees from July 1968 through the 1973 season. He finished up with the Royals from 1974-75.
McDaniel pitched 987 games over 21 seasons, but his teams never made the post-season. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

RIP - Les Rohr

Les Rohr, who pitched briefly for the Mets in the late-1960s, passed away on November 6, 2020 at age 74.
Rohr was born in England in 1946 while his father was in the USAF. 
He was the Mets' first pick (2nd overall, behind Rick Monday) in the first-ever (1965) draft, and pitched in the Mets' farm system every season from 1965-70. 
Les made his debut with the Mets in September 1967, making 3 starts and posting a 2-1 record. After injuring his arm in April 1968 he spent the remainder of that season on the disabled list. He only pitched one more game for the Mets (in September 1969).  


Thursday, November 5, 2020

RIP - Jim Hicks

Jim Hicks, an outfielder for the White Sox, Cardinals, and Angels in the 1960s, passed away on October 29, 2020 at age 81.
Hicks played minor-league baseball every season from 1959 to 1972, except in 1969 when he managed to stay in the majors all season with the Cardinals and Angels (following his trade for Vic Davalillo). 
He played a total of 33 games for the White Sox from 1964-66, and 56 games in 1969, split between St. Louis and California His final big-leage action was 4 games for the Angels in April 1970, all as a pinch-hitter. 
Hicks also played in Japan from 1973-74.