Wednesday, May 26, 2021

RIP - Richie Scheinblum

Richie Scheinblum, an outfielder for the Indians, Royals, and others, passed away on May 10, 2021 at age 78.
Scheinblum played briefly for the Indians from 1967-69. After spending all of 1970 in the minors, the Senators took a look at him during the 1971 season. 
He moved on to the Royals in 1972, where he had his best season (and only season as an every-day player). He also made the All-Star team in '72. 
After his career year, he was traded to the Reds and it was back to the bench for his final 2 MLB seasons, playing for 4 teams in those 2 years. He then spent 2 seasons in Japan.  


Friday, May 14, 2021

RIP - Del Crandall

Del Crandall, the Braves' catcher from 1949 to 1963, passed away on May 5th, 2021 at age 91.
He played 2 seasons with the Boston Braves before missing the '51 and '52 seasons for military service. He was the last surviving member of the Boston Braves. 
Crandall was one of the five players whose MLB career began in the 1940s and were still playing by 1966 and beyond. 
Robin Roberts - last game 9/3/66 
Del Crandall - 9/25/66 
Joe Nuxhall - 10/2/66 
Smoky Burgess - 10/1/67 
Curt Simmons - 10/1/67 
Crandall finished 2nd in the 1949 NL Rookie of the Year voting, and was an 11-time All-Star (making both squads in '59, '60, and '62). He probably missed the '61 All-Star games only because injuries limited him to 15 games that season. 
After the 1963 season, he played 1 year each with the Giants, Pirates, and Indians.   Crandall also managed the Brewers from 1972-75, and the Mariners from 1983-84. 


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Willie Mays is 90 today!

Wow! Where has the time gone? Willie Mays is celebrating his 90th birthday today.

Here is a model I made back in the early-1960s. You can read about it here.