Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Toni King said her father passed away peacefully at 87 in his Land Park area home. He was visited regularly by friends and former players whose careers he touched during a 41-year career as a regional scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.
“He was like a second father to me,” said Sax, a former Dodgers second baseman. “He was a tutor to a lot of players, an unbelieveable man. He would work all of us out tirelessly to make sure we did things right. He knew just about everything in baseball. He wasn’t boastful but could always give you that special input. Between seasons, I’d come back home to meet with him. If it wasn’t for Ronnie, I probably would have never made it to the major leagues.”
King, a baseball and football standout at Christian Brothers High School, had an eight-year minor-league career as a catcher and occasional relief pitcher that included a brief stop with the Sacramento Solons in 1954. He never reached the big leagues. As a Solons batboy in his youth – “a dream job for any kid,” King once recalled – he began to learn the intricacies of the game.
In addition to Sax, King signed or helped develop future major leaguers Dave Sax (Steve’s brother), Jim Nelson, Bob Oliver, Greg Sims, Bill McNulty, Leon Lee, Max Venable and Greg Vaughn.
Posted: October 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours”
Yogi Berra’s baseball exploits as a New York Yankees catching great spoke for themselves. He spoke for himself in a charmingly fractured way that introduced “Yogi-isms” such as “It’s déjà vu all over again” into the American lexicon.
The Hall of Famer died at the of 90 on Tuesday evening, the Yogi Berra Museum announced. He undoubtedly would be reminding people of what he once said: “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
Although listed at 5-7, 185 in his playing days, Berra stood tall among the game’s elite. In 1999 he was one of 100 players selected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team.
Berra was a free swinger who loved to chase pitches way out of the strike zone. “If I can hit it, it’s a good pitch,” he said of a career that spanned 18 seasons with the Yankees. Thirteen of those seasons ended in the World Series, and Berra was a part of 10 Yankees championship teams.
He batted .285 with 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in a career that finished with a short stint with the New York Mets in 1965.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Former Major League Baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton has been found dead, along with one other, in a suburban home outside Houston.
The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were found about 4:45 p.m. Sunday inside the house in the 11500 block of Island Breeze, according to the Pearland Police Department.
Police said officers were sent to the home on an emergency call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found the body of Hamilton near the front entry way. The body of Jordan was found in another part of the home.
According to the Brazoria County Appraisal District, the home was owned by Jordan.
Investigators said it appeared Hamilton had been shot more than once and Jordan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Posted: June 22, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 71 comment(s)
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