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VP of Operations

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I loved Bob Bruce's original Basic 1964 Strat card.

RIP to all three.

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Russ Goetz's first game as an AL umpire was in 1968, Boston at Detroit, in a game where the defending AL champions played against the future World champions.



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Got me thinking that SOM should create a women's pro league set.

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AAGPBL, perhaps?



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I'm surprised that baseref hasn't acknowledged their passings yet.

Normally, they are quick to respond.

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Well Phillies Phans...Dallas Green passed away today. RIP

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/03/22/dallas-green-who-managed-phillies-to-1st-title-dies-at-82.html



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Sad to hear that Todd Frohwirth passed away this weekend from stomach cancer, he was only 54; way too young. He was one of my favorite pitchers to watch growing up. I loved to watch his submarine-style delivery. 

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/220965160/former-pitcher-todd-frohwirth-dies-at-54/

 

 



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Well Phillies Phans...Dallas Green passed away today. RIP

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/03/22/dallas-green-who-managed-phillies-to-1st-title-dies-at-82.html


I wanted the Reds to hire him after Rose was defrocked.  But Lou Pinella got the job done, so I have no complaints. 



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NatsFan wrote:

Sad to hear that Todd Frohwirth passed away this weekend from stomach cancer, he was only 54; way too young. He was one of my favorite pitchers to watch growing up. I loved to watch his submarine-style delivery. 

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/220965160/former-pitcher-todd-frohwirth-dies-at-54/

 

 



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 He had one of my favorite Chris Berman nicknames (and being a pitcher made it all the better).............Todd "Which Hand Does He" Frohwirth.........



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Another one that hits close to home for some of our older members...

Former infielder Ruben Amaro, who spent most of his 11-year Major League career with the Phillies, passed away Mar. 31st.

He was 81.

After his playing career ended in 1969, he stayed in the game as a coach, scout, minor league manager, and also worked in the front office.

He won a Gold Glove playing shortstop for the '64 Phillies.  Having experienced that stunning collapse, he was fortunate enough in 1980 to be the first base coach for the Series-winners.

As early as 1971, Gene Mauch had called Amaro an excellent managerial prospect.

His son, Ruben Jr., played for eight years in the Major Leagues, from 1991-'98. 

His SABR Bio has a more complete resume.



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seajaw wrote:

Another one that hits close to home for some of our older members...

Former infielder Ruben Amaro, who spent most of his 11-year Major League career with the Phillies, passed away Mar. 31st.

He was 81.

After his playing career ended in 1969, he stayed in the game as a coach, scout, minor league manager, and also worked in the front office.

He won a Gold Glove playing shortstop for the '64 Phillies.  Having experienced that stunning collapse, he was fortunate enough in 1980 to be the first base coach for the Series-winners.

As early as 1971, Gene Mauch had called Amaro an excellent managerial prospect.

His son, Ruben Jr., played for eight years in the Major Leagues, from 1991-'98. 

His SABR Bio has a more complete resume.


Very sad times for the Phillies these days. The Amaro's Sr. and Jr. have always been thought of highly by the Phillies organization. Dallas Green was the manager of the first Phillies World Series Championship. And if I am not mistaken, Todd Frowirth came up through the Phillies organization. I somehow missed the news and didn't read about it until I saw it here. My recollections is that Frowirth was a sidewinder with decent movement on his pitches.

 



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Roy Sievers...RIP

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/04/04/roy-sievers-first-al-rookie-year-award-dies/100036364/



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Bob Cerv has died.  He was 91.

Cerv was friends with former President Harry Truman, and roomed with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during their epic 1961 season.  He joined the Navy out of high school and survived a Japanese Kamikaze attack.

Cerv attended the University of Nebraska after the war, and was signed by the Yankees in 1949.  He played in three World Series for Casey Stengel, 1955, '56 and -- after being traded to Kansas City, then reacquired -- in 1960.

He still holds the single-season home run record for any Major League player in Kansas City history (1958, when he hit .305, with 38 home runs, drove in 104 runs, and made the A.L. All-Star Team).

Steve Balboni is second on that single-season HR list, with 36.

For his career, Cerv batted .276, with 105 homers, in a 12-year career that lasted from 1951-'62.  He was dealt to K.C. following the '56 season, then brought back in time for the pennant push in 1960.

Casey used him as part of his platoon system, but Cerv was able to take advantage of the situation in Kansas City, where he played every day and posted the best numbers of his career.

Following the Series loss to Pittsburgh, he was made available in the expansion draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Angels.  Once again, the Yankees brought him back, in a five-player trade on May 8th.

After a slow start in '62 (2-17), he was traded again, to Houston, where he finished out the season, and his career.

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/article143484029.html

There are some nice comments from fans, some dealing with how Cerv managed to play with his mouth wired shut, following a collision with Detroit catcher Red Wilson in which his jaw was broken.



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Two more names to add...

Sam Mele, former outfielder, manager, and scout, died May 1st in Quincy, MA. He was 95.

Mele was the nephew of former Major League infielder Tony Cuccinello.

He played 10 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with Boston and Washington. Mele also played with the White Sox, Cincinnati and Cleveland. He compiled a .267 average, with 80 home runs and 544 RBI.

His best season was his rookie year of 1947, when he batted .302, with 12 homers and 73 RBI for the Red Sox.

He never played in the World Series, but he managed the Minnesota Twins to the A.L. pennant in 1965, where they lost the World Series to Los Angeles, four games to three. Mele managed five full seasons for the Twins, and parts of three others.

Later he became a scout, and was instrumental in the signing of Jim Rice by the Red Sox. The two became lifelong friends.

Former outfielder Luis Olmo passed away in Santurce, PR, Apr. 28th, at the age of 97.

He was just the second Puerto Rican player in Major League history, following in the footsteps of Hiram Bithorn.

Olmo had a six-year Major League career, 1943-'45, and '49-51, missing out on the middle three because he was one of the players who accepted a contract to play in the renegade Mexican League.

Originally, players were told that anyone who jumped would be banned for five years, but the penalty was later changed, with the guilty players being reinstated in July of '49.

Olmo batted .281, but one can only wonder how much more fruitful his career might have been, given that he had hit .313, with 27 doubles, 13 triples and 10 home runs, while driving in 110 runs for the Dodgers in '45.

With Pete Reiser returning after the war, the Dodger outfield was packed.  Olmo made no progress in contract negotiations, so he accepted the offer to play South of the border.

When he returned in '49, he was consigned to part-time status (.305 in 111 PAs), then was dealt to the Braves after the season.



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Tragedy strikes: Oakland A's prospect, Casey Thomas, dies at 24



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