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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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