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PostPosted: Sun 5/16/21 1:29 pm    Post subject: Passings - 2021 Season Reply with quote

Del Crandall has passed away at age 91, on May 5 in Mission Viejo. He was the last living link to the Boston Braves, and an 11-time NL All-Star catcher. The four-time Gold Glover also managed the Braves in Milwaukee, bringing on fellow Socal phenom (and future Hall of Famer) Robin Yount to start at shortstop on Opening Day, 1974. (Yount was only 18.)

Crandall died of Parkinson's disease.

From the above-linked article from MLB.com:

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Crandall played parts of 16 seasons with the Braves, Giants, Pirates and Indians from 1949-66, with a two-year absence in the early 1950s, when Crandall served in the U.S. Army.

(He) developed a reputation as one of the most savvy catchers in the game before continuing his career as a manager in the minor leagues and later in the majors with the Brewers (1972-75) and Mariners (1983-84).


From an Associated Press article:

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He had a career batting average of .254 with 179 homers and 657 RBIs. He led all NL catchers in fielding percentage four times and threw out the most potential base stealers of any NL catcher in five seasons. He was also behind the plate for two outstanding Braves pitchers in Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette.


From his SABR bio:

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Less than four months after his 19th birthday, Del Crandall became the youngest starting catcher in baseball history when he supplanted 32-year-old Bill Salkeld of the Boston Braves in 1949.


And finally, the Ontario, CA native attended Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, CA. Fullerton is noted for producing four Hall of Famers, three whom attended FUHS (Arky Vaughan and Walter Johnson are the others).

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/19/21 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Pirates second baseman Rennie Stennett has passed away of cancer at age 72. He died on May 18 in Florida.

Stennett played for Pittsburgh for nine years, bookended by World Series titles (1971, 1979--although he was not on the playoffs roster in '71).

I'll always remember him for two accomplishments, one an individual feat and other a historic team milestone. On the '71 Pirates, he was a member of the first all-minority starting lineup in MLB history. That same season, he hit 7-for-7 in a game--and is the last major league player to make that claim.

From the above-linked article from MLB.com:

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Stennett was the leadoff batter when the Pirates fielded MLB's first all-Black and Latino starting lineup in 1971. And he had hits in all seven of his at-bats in a 22-0 win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 1971. His first hit was off Chicago starter Rick Reuschel; his seventh was against Paul Reuschel, Rick's brother.


Note that the last sentence includes an even quirkier twist to the milestone.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/23/21 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Dodger pitcher Joe Beckwith has passed away at age 66. The RHP out of Auburn University died of colon cancer on May 21.

He pitched for the Dodgers from 1979-83, then again in 1986, sandwiched by two years with the Royals. He played for both teams during championship years (1981, 1985).

From the above-linked MLB blog:

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Beckwith posted a 1.96 ERA in 38 games with the Dodgers in 1980. A year later, Beckwith’s career almost ended when he suffered double vision during spring training. While throwing batting practice without a screen in front of the pitcher’s mound, Beckwith jerked his head away from a Jack Perconte line drive and the double vision developed. He didn’t pitch for the season and had to undergo surgery twice with only a 50–50 chance of ever pitching again. The procedure to balance his vision was a success...


May he rest in blue heaven.
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PostPosted: Sun 5/23/21 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP, Joe. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon 5/24/21 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace to those who have passed.
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PostPosted: Wed 6/2/21 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace to Mike Marshall, 1974 Cy Young Award winner, who passed away at age 78. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 6/3/21 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May he rest in blue heaven. I'm too young to remember him but I do recall my dad saying what a workhorse he was.
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PostPosted: Fri 6/4/21 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was one heck of a tough pitcher.
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PostPosted: Sat 6/12/21 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace to Jim "Mudcat" Grant, who passed away at age 85.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/17/21 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dick Tidrow has passed away.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Thu 8/5/21 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in peace to James Rodney Richard, dominating RHP and an Astros legend back when they were respectable, who passed away yesterday at age 71. This man truly dominated, and I mean dominated, the Dodgers with their fear-striking BBWC lineup back in the late 1970s. And he was big--at 6'- 8", he just looked menacing on the mound, and his pitching backed it up.

His career met an unfortunate end when he suffered a stroke in 1980. Although he attempted comebacks, he never got his old groove back.

As the linked article notes:

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Richard had a 107-71 record with a 3.15 ERA and 76 complete games for the Astros. He won 18 or more games in four straight seasons (1976-79). In '78, he became the first Astros pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a season with 303, a record he broke the following season with 313 strikeouts.


You just couldn't help but respect him immensely if you were a fan of a team he simply owned so thoroughly in his career.

And it's interesting that Dusty, now managing the Astros, was a key player in that BBWC lineup for L.A. in that era.

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Stories of some of the best hitters in baseball asking not to play on days they were facing Richard were more than folklore.

“I remember one day it was supposed to be my turn to hit against him in the cage,” (teammate Enos) Cabell said. “I said, ‘I’m not doing that.’ They put Bruce Bochy in my spot, and he broke Bruce Bochy’s toe.”

Baker said one day both catchers came into the clubhouse on the day the Dodgers were scheduled to face the Astros and one came with his arm in a sling and the other was in crutches.

“There was such a thing as J.R.-itis -- an incurable disease when you’re afraid of J.R.,” he said. “We had a team meeting and said, 'Somebody’s going to catch.' There were a lot of guys who would take days off when J.R. was pitching.”


LOL...I'm going to have to go back and look at some of those box scores to find out who actually did catch. Smile


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PostPosted: Fri 8/6/21 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember him so well! I think that stroke happened the year your Dodgers had a 1 game playoff with the Astros? Man he sure was a competitor. It was a shame he ended up homeless and penniless but he got back on his feet. Super, super pitcher.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/22/21 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former Tigers catcher Bill Freehan passed away on August 19 at age 79. An 11-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, his entire 15-year career was spent in Detroit, where he played for the 1968 world championship team.

May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/22/21 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a trivia question about him yesterday - he was the player who made the last defensive putout before the "playoff era" of baseball began. It was in Game 7 of the 1968 World series when he caught a popup for the last out. The next year was when MLB split into divisions for the first time ever.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/23/21 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps one of the saintliest women in baseball, Jo Lasorda, wife of the late Tommy, joined him in Blue Heaven on Monday. May they rest in peace, together again.

From the L.A. Times:

"Jo Lasorda, Widow of Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda, Dies at 91"

Jo Lasorda sits in her home in Fullerton

BY STEVE MARBLE
SEPT. 21, 2021 UPDATED 3:06 PM PT

Jo Lasorda, the bubbly and easygoing counterpart to her voluble, larger-than-life husband Tommy Lasorda, has died at 91 at the Fullerton home where the couple had lived for decades.

Lasorda died Monday evening, according to the Dodgers. No cause was given. Her husband, the exuberant and often profane former Dodgers manager who won two World Series championships, died Jan. 7 at 93. The couple had been married 70 years.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers family were saddened to learn of the passing of Jo Lasorda, widow of Dodgers’ Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda,” the team tweeted.

A breast cancer survivor, Jo Lasorda threw herself into community activism, particularly in raising funds and bringing attention to Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House in Yorba Linda. The facility is named for the couple’s son, who died in 1991 at age 33.

While Tommy Lasorda had a room-filling personality and a deep fondness for profanity, Jo was homespun and classically Southern. She said she never heard him curse, though audiotapes of his expletive-laced tirades on the field were frequently used soundbites.

“You couldn’t pay me to listen to it,” she told The Times when her husband was asked about a three-home-run performance by Chicago Cubs’ Dave Kingman. “It’s ridiculous someone doesn’t have enough adjectives that they have to use the same stupid word.

“I told him you have to have more words in your vocabulary than that,” she added, laughing.

At home, she was invaluable to her husband, who she said needed help with every household chore right down to changing a lightbulb.

“Everyone thinks I’m a wimp because Tommy is so outgoing,” she told The Times in 2011. “Who cares what everyone else thinks? I just wanted a family, a home and to be happy. And you know what, I’m happy he’s happy and he can do exactly what he wants to do.”

The former Joan Miller met Tommy Lasorda at a minor league baseball game in her hometown of Greenville, S.C., where he was playing for the Spinners. They wed on April 14, 1950, a union that lasted until Tommy’s death.

Lasorda is survived by daughter Laura and granddaughter Emily, as well as sister Gladys Reeves of Greenville.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/23/21 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always so sad when the women "behind" the legends leave us, too.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/23/21 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God rest her soul. Another loss for our Dodger family. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed 10/6/21 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The man who lay claim to being baseball's oldest living ex-player has now passed away. Eddie Robinson died on Monday at age 100, in Bastrop, Texas. He was a 13-year veteran first baseman and member of Cleveland's 1948 World Series champions. The linked article notes that Robinson was 100 years, 293 days old, at death, and the distinction of baseball's oldest living ex-player now passes to George Elder, who is 100 years, 209 days old.

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(Robinson) then went on to further ventures as a Major League scout, farm director and executive, including as general manager of the Braves (1972-76) and Rangers (’76-82).


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PostPosted: Tue 11/16/21 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I apologize for neglecting this one over the last couple of months! Embarassed

Now it's time to start the Offseason Passings thread.
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