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For those of us who became baseball fans in the mid-1960's to early '70's, the baseball obits are hitting close to home with more frequency these days:

Russ Nixon - Nov. 8th
Johnny Orsino - Nov. 2nd
Paul Dade - Aug. 25th (here in Seattle, and I didn't even notice if it got a footnote locally)
Phil Hennigan - June 17th



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Yeah, the obits used to be black and white photos from history. Now they are guys I watched, seemingly yesterday, and there are emotional attachments to seemingly every entry. And along with the shock of another passing on, is the ages, which only serve to remind me how old I have become and how soon it will be me being mentioned in a newspaper somewhere (if I'm lucky, although by that time I doubt I would care if it is neglected. ;)

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pfunkone wrote:

Yeah, the obits used to be black and white photos from history. Now they are guys I watched, seemingly yesterday, and there are emotional attachments to seemingly every entry. And along with the shock of another passing on, is the ages, which only serve to remind me how old I have become and how soon it will be me being mentioned in a newspaper somewhere (if I'm lucky, although by that time I doubt I would care if it is neglected. ;)


 I doubt they'll have papers by the time it comes. But you will live online forever.



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Hadn't thought of that. Good point! :)

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Sadly, another to add to the list of more recent ballplayers to leave us: Phil Gagliano, who passed Monday at his home in Brandson, MO.

Gagliano had a 12-year Major League career, primarily as a utility player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and Cincinnati Reds, with appearances in the 1967 and '68 World Series, and also the 1973 NLCS.

He was in poor health, and had recently undergone a heart procedure.

Gagliano was 74.  He would have turned 75 two days after Christmas.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/baseball/2016/12/21/ex-memphian-st-louis-cardinal-phil-gagliano-dies-74/95709394/

Phil's brother, Ralph, appeared in one game for the Cleveland Indians, in 1965.  He pinch-ran for Indians' infielder Larry Brown in the top of the ninth inning of a 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees.  He never batted or played in the field.

Ralph had a five-year Minor League career, interrupted by three years of military service during the Vietnam War.



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Phil will live on in my replays.

1966 Redbirds: 4 e8 at 3b, 5 e8 at 1b. Low errors at the corners helps. Drew his share of walks. 217 at bats.

1971 Boston: 4 e13 at 2b. Hit .324, OBP .412. Clutch. Hits both lefties and righties. 68 AB's. Great card.

1973 Reds: 4 e20 at 2b. Hit .290, OBP .402. Good against lefties and righties again. Division winning Reds should get to World Series in replay. 69 at bats.

Good little utility man and benchwarmer. Hard to get guys in that role that hit as well as he did those previous two SAVD carded seasons. "B" bunter in '73 was his best. I'll check if he's in the Italian sports Hall of Fame.








 He is not.......I just took a peek........



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Phil's only full season for me (so far) was 1964. He hit .250 with 1 HR, 5 RBI's in just 44 AB's (23 Ga). Only 2 errors as a utility man. He will play more when I ever get to 1966 or 1967.

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Gagliano was part of the Reds' supersubs in 1973 that were indispensable in the Reds' comeback from 11 games behind the Dodgers. These spare parts for the Big Red Machine included several oldtimers (Gagliano, Andy Kosco and Hal King) and some newcomers (Dan Driessen and Ken Griffey). Gagliano was to be the biggest clutch pinch hitter of the group. In 1973, Reds fans wanted him at the plate in the ninth with the tying or winning run at second.

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Former catcher and original Met (and first-year Padre) Chris Cannizzaro passed away Thursday night, at the age of 78.

He was suffering from lung disease and COPD.

Years after being drafted off the St. Louis Cardinals' roster to join Casey Stengel's Mets, he struck expansion "gold" once again, and became the first San Diego Padres All-Star in 1969.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/sd-sp-cannizzaro-1231-story.html



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I checked to see if Cannizzaro was in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and he's not. Neither was Phil Gagliano, whose passing a couple weeks ago was mentioned earlier in this thread.

I don't know what the criteria is for that, but I do know that since Joe Amalfitano is a member, I may as well check on the other scrubs.


 Amalfitano I believe was on tommy lasordas staff for a long long time, I think his 3rd base coach



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Somebody had to represent those 52-110 Padres at the all-star game in '69:


Chris "Boom Boom" Cannizzaro's 1969 hitting stats:

AVE. .220
OBP. .290
SLG. .297

Your recent addition of the 1969 cards will give you a chance to play those Padres 162 times!

Can I get you some Advil? LOL

Kidding aside, thanks for the info.

Ollie Brown, Nate Colbert, and Al Ferrara turned in decent performances for 1969 Padres.



You're welcome.

They needed a second catcher, and Cannizzaro was batting around .250 as the break approached.

Sometimes it's not the best player on a team, but the guy who plays the right position.

It also helps to be peaking at the right time (relatively speaking), as he batted just .170 over the remainder of the season, following the break. hmm

Al Ferrara was the final strikeout (swing and a miss) in Tom Seaver's 19-K game.  I still rank that one as the best of the high-K efforts, because Seaver actually struck out the last 10 in a row to end the game.

I still have the newspaper clipping (with photo) around here somewhere...

As far as rolling '69 is concerned, I'll probably never get there.  I'm just now working on '50 and intend to backtrack and roll '49 as soon as I get it.  Since I am rolling them in chronological order, and I am 60, I'm not sure I'll even make it to 1960, let alone '69.

I get about one replay done a year, since I'm so slow and do all of my own writing, as well as manual statkeeping.



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Those last three paragraphs resonate with me. In a time where the computer has become such a convenient crutch for so many gamers, it's nice that you have hung tough with the cards and dice.

Old newspapers and periodicals are great to pick up and read, the visceral experience.

I love thumbing through my S-O-M cards, which I call my 3×5 glossies (I enhanced them). But no question, it takes us a lot of time for stat keeping and replaying. That's okay. It's about game by game, one at a time quality experience for me. Quality over quantity. I spend much more time setting up my game than playing. Once I have a season fully enhanced, the playing becomes nirvana.


Old newspapers and me go way back.  I was a paper boy for the Seattle Times back in the late '60's-early '70's. wink

That was back in the days when the paper was delivered in the evening on weekdays.  The evening paper is pretty much a thing of the past now, and most cities are lucky to even have more than one paper.  New York used to have more daily newspapers than you could count.

Newspaper archives are National Treasures.  Think of what our knowledge of the Negro Leagues would be like, had the Black newspapers (and their archives) in those cities survived over the years.

Now, newspapers are more valuable than ever before, with the deluge of fake news that has come to poison the internet and social media.

So many important pieces of news that you see reported on TV are follow-ups on the efforts of the newspapers.

Besides, when your team wins the World Series (or Super Bowl), it's the newspaper front page that everyone wants to frame and hang in the mancave, right? wink



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Daryl Spencer, a 10-year Major League veteran who was later inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, died Monday.

He was 88.

He played with the Giants, Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, between 1952-'63.  He also spent two years in military service -- '54-'55 -- missing out on the Giants' World Series Championship run.

http://www.kansas.com/sports/mlb/article124205969.html



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Two more.

Former infielder/outfielder Bob Sadowski -- who played for four teams in a four-year Major League career (1960-'63) -- and pitcher Jackie Harris -- one of the few who had some success for those early-'70's Rangers teams -- passed over the last few days.

Sadowski was 79.  He died Friday.

Harris was 5-6, 4.85, in the last two Washington Senators' seasons ('70-'71), then came back up after the club relocated to Texas.  He posted a 23-22 record through two-and-a-half years, before being traded to Cleveland along with Jim Bibby, Rick Waits and $100,000, in the deal that brought Gaylord Perry to the Rangers.

Overall, he was 47-53, 4.18, in his seven-year Major league career.

Harris passed Saturday.



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I've got Jackie Brown's 1973 Texas card (reverse righty middle relief) and his 1977 card with Montreal (normalized starter/reliever, mediocre). Despite pitching 47 innings for 1971 Washington, was not issued card. That year featured strict 27 per team. He'd likely be carded if reissued today under the more flexible carding format for reissues.

Thanks for passing the info along! RIP


 Jackie Brown's nephew, Daren Brown, was the interim manager for the Seattle Mariners for 50 games back in 2010.


I had not noticed that before.  Brown pitched for five years in the Toronto minor league system, then hurled another six years in the independent Texas-Louisiana League.

He was a manager at several different levels in the Mariners' system, including seven years at Triple-A Tacoma.



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