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PostPosted: Fri 11/15/19 7:00 pm    Post subject: Passings - 2019-20 Offseason Reply with quote

The first noted passing of this offseason took place today in Oceanside when former major league outfielder Irv Noren died, just shy of his 95th birthday.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sat 11/16/19 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I've met him! He's been at some things like card shows in North County over the years. He was a nice man.
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PostPosted: Sat 11/23/19 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vic Lapiner has passed away at age 85. The All-American pitcher at USC died at home in Tarzana.

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PostPosted: Mon 12/9/19 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dorothy Seymour Mills passed away last week--I'll post more about it later.
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PostPosted: Wed 1/1/20 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We barely made it into 2020 when the first baseball death of the year has been reported, that of the venerable Don Larsen, whose claim to fame remains that he is still the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series, while pitching for the Yankees. That World Series was in 1956, and my Dodgers (who else?) were the losing team. Sad

Larsen passed away on New Year's Day at age 90. In fact, I had just read last night that he was being placed in hospice care, which evidently was very brief.

But his local claim to fame runs deep, as we all know--he's one of two pitchers from Pt. Loma High to throw a perfect game in Yankee Stadium! Odds of that happening are calculated in the billions.

Not many details have been given, so I'll post more later.

Rest in peace to a Pointer and pinstripe perfectionist.
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PostPosted: Thu 1/2/20 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace. I learned a bit of trivia about him since this happened. He was the last surviving former St. Louis Brown.
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PostPosted: Wed 1/8/20 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been gone a few days but I have to pay my respects to Mr. Larsen.
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PostPosted: Wed 1/15/20 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former umpire Ed Sprague has passed away.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Mon 1/20/20 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Royals article David Glass has passed away on January 9. He was 84 and had pneumonia. Here's the article from mlb.com

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PostPosted: Sun 1/26/20 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was such an emotionally draining day. Not only did the sports world and the Lakers lose a legend of all time in a helicopter crash along with his teenaged daughter but also a legendary baseball coach. John Altobelli, who was the long time baseball coach at OCC died along with his wife and daughter. Article from OC Register
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PostPosted: Tue 1/28/20 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been crying for a couple of days! Where are you DB? We need you to update us on the weekend events and what else is going on.
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PostPosted: Wed 1/29/20 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm here! So sad...Kobe, his daughter, John and his daughter and wife...it goes on. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 2/13/20 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bookmarking for updates.
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PostPosted: Tue 2/18/20 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez has passed away at age 57 after suffering a stroke. A Dominican Republic native, Fernandez died on February 16 in Florida.

Although he is best known for his playing days in Toronto, where he won a world championship in 1993, during his 17-year career Fernandez also played for the Padres, Indians, Yankees, Reds, Brewers and Mets.

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PostPosted: Wed 2/19/20 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun 3/1/20 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny Antonelli has passed away at age 89.
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PostPosted: Thu 3/26/20 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as "offseason" goes, this is still the offseason, despite our pleas and lamentations.

Former Astros/Dodgers outfielder Jimmy Wynn has passed away at age 78. The "Toy Cannon" had been employed in community outreach for the Astros. No cause of death was given.

Rest in peace...
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PostPosted: Fri 3/27/20 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, no. My daddy really loved him as a player even though he wasn't with the Dodgers very long. That outfield assist in the 1974 World series is one I've seen over and over thanks to highlight films and things I learned about the Dodgers growing up.
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PostPosted: Tue 3/31/20 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has passed away at age 91. Bartholomay moved the team from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.

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PostPosted: Sat 4/4/20 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former major leaguer and White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer has passed away at age 70. He died on Wednesday at home in Calabasas.

Farmer had worked out of the White Sox booth for 29 years, following an 11-year major league career as an RHP for the Phillies, White Sox, Indians, Athletics, Rangers, Tigers, Orioles and Brewers. He also served as a scout for the Orioles organization for three years (1988-90).

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PostPosted: Mon 4/13/20 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Cubs second baseman Glenn Beckert passed away yesterday. He was 79.

(And yes, he was a Padre, too.)

From MLB.com:

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During the Cubs portion of Beckert's 11-year Major League career, he averaged 597 plate appearances and just 26 strikeouts per season. Beckert hit .283 with 194 doubles and 353 RBIs in his 1,247 games with Chicago, ending that near-decade with the Cubs with 248 walks compared to only 235 strikeouts.

Beckert was named to his four All-Star teams consecutively from 1965-73 and picked up his Gold Glove in '68, when he finished ninth in balloting for the NL MVP Award. In that '68 season, which was known as the Year of the Pitcher, Beckert led the Majors with 98 runs scored. He also compiled a 27-game hitting streak, which remains tied for the third-longest mark in club history.

...Following a long run with the Cubs, the team dealt Beckert to the Padres for outfielder Jerry Morales ahead of the 1974 campaign. Beckert had a pair of injury-marred seasons in San Diego before calling it a career.


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PostPosted: Tue 4/14/20 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we hardly knew him. That was right after Ray Kroc took over as owner. Beckert was only in 41 games over the 2 years he played in S.D.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/16/20 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yankees general partner Hank Steinbrenner passed away on Tuesday at age 63.

May he rest in pinstriped peace.

Also, former Royals manager Jim Frey died on Sunday at age 88. He managed the Royals (97-65) to their first World Series appearance, in 1980, which they lost to the Phillies. Four years later, he was at the helm for the Cubs as they won their first National League East division title, but lost to the Padres in the NLCS. However, Frey was still named National League Manager of the Year.

In 1987, he was hired as the Cubs' general manager, a capacity he served in for several years, bringing Chicago back to the postseason in 1989 (when they lost to the Jints in the NLCS). In between the Royals and Cubs, Frey coached for the Mets.

May he rest in (runner-up?) peace.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/17/20 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Blue Jays second baseman Damaso Garcia died on Wednesday. Here's the link

He was 63. It says he had a malignant brain tumor in 1990 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy then, but it's not clear what caused his passing.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/19/20 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it seem like an alarming number of passings the last two or three weeks?

Here's another:

Bobby Winkler passed away on Friday at age 90. The legendary Sun Devils head coach managed at ASU for 13 years before moving on to the majors. He recorded a 524-173 record between 1959-1971, and won CWS titles in 1965, 1967 and 1969. Winkles was also a member of the inaugural College Baseball Hall of Fame.

In Major League Baseball, he managed for four seasons, splitting time with the Angels and Athletics between 1973 and 1978.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/25/20 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Bobby Winkler.

Here is a different story of a player turned police officer who suffered major injuries in both of those jobs. He was Dan Walters, who was drafted out of Santana High School in Santee. He was later traded to the Padres organization and called up as a catcher in 1992. But it was a spinal injury the next year that ended baseball for him.

In 1998 he began with SDPD and was a patrol officer for 5 years. He was injured on duty in 2003 during a struggle with a suspect in which he was shot in the neck. So he was confined to a wheelchair after that.

Officer Walters died on Thursday. He was 53. His dream of being a player was cut too short but to have that happen as a police officer was pretty sad. Article from Channel 10 News

Rest in peace to Dan Walters.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/28/20 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I didn't respond to this right away. Rest in peace, indeed, Dan Walters.

Meanwhile, minor league legend Steve Dalkowski has passed away at age 80. The flame-throwing LHP who was the inspiration for "Bull Burham" lost his battle with COVID-19 on Sunday.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/28/20 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How sad that COVID takes Nuke La Loosh! R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/29/20 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That surprised me because I thought Dalkowski was already dead.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/13/20 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former AAGPBL pitcher Mary Pratt has passed away at age 101. She was the last surviving member of the Rockford Peaches.

Pratt played professional baseball from 1943 to 1947, splitting time between Rockford and Kenosha. She threw a no-hitter in 1944 for the Comets. After the league's demise, she returned to her job as a physical education teacher in Quincy, MA.

May she rest in peace.
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