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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

The Philadelphia Phillies announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a Philly native who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, joined the Phillies’ sales staff in 1971 and became a minority owner in 1981. He’d served as chairman since early 2015, when he returned from a leave of absence for cancer treatment.

The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Business School alumnus took on a reduced role following his 2015 comeback, a decision he said took a little convincing from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: May 09, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david montgomery, phillies, rip

Friday, April 19, 2019

Harding ‘Pete’ Peterson: General manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates during its World Series triumph, ‘a brilliant baseball mind,’ started as Rutgers catcher

Baseball lost one of their biggest icons in a trade with God on April 16, 2019 when Harding “Pete” Peterson passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

Pete will be remembered as a brilliant baseball mind, who as general manager, coordinated the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. At earlier positions with the Pirates, he also was part of the championship teams of 1960 and 1971. Pete entered his baseball career as a catcher for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they headed to the college World Series in 1950. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and went on to become general manager for the organization. He also had the privilege of being general manager for the NY Yankees.

Pete was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Oct. 17, 1929. He graduated from Rutgers University and later was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to baseball. After retirement, Pete moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., where he enjoyed the warm weather, golfing and the daily camaraderie of friends and neighbors.

RIP.

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, pete peterson, pirates, rip

Friday, April 12, 2019

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Sanderson dies at 62

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Sanderson, the right-hander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, died Thursday. He was 62.

An official with Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, where Sanderson was a member, told The Associated Press on Thursday the family confirmed the death to the club. The cause of death wasn’t provided.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, scott sanderson

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reds mourn Chuck Harmon, team’s first African-American player

CINCINNATI — Chuck Harmon not only blazed a trail as the first African-American Reds player, he did it with dignity and grace and earned the highest admiration in the ranks of pro baseball’s first and oldest franchise.

“The entire Reds family is saddened to lose one of its great ambassadors. The first African American to play for the Reds, Chuck Harmon was much more than a ballplayer. He represents a pivot point in Reds history,” Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said of Harmon’s death this week.

“Chuck’s positive attitude and disposition helped diffuse the adversity he faced, and set the tone for those following in his footsteps. He was beloved by his teammates during his career and remained a treasure to this franchise and its fans throughout his life. He will be missed.”

RIP- his generation of players is now passing from the scene, and they deserve to be remembered as they do so.

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chuck harmon, integration, reds, rip

Ransom Jackson, hit last home run for Brooklyn Dodgers, dies at 93

Ransom Joseph ‘Randy’ Jackson Jr., an all-star third baseman with the Chicago Cubs in the mid-1950s and the last Brooklyn Dodger to hit a home run, died at home in Athens Wednesday after a brief illness, according to a family friend. He was 93 years old.

Nicknamed “Handsome Ransom,” Jackson played for the Cubs from 1950-55 and in 1959. He also spent two-plus years with the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and parts of 1958 and 1959 with the Cleveland Indians. Over 10 big-league seasons, the third baseman batted .261 with 103 home runs. He was the oldest living Los Angeles Dodger at the time of his death.

Jackson was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1954 and 1955 but his best year was 1953 when he hit .285 with 19 home runs.

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn dodgers, randy jackson, rip

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MLB’s Leroy Stanton, traded with Nolan Ryan, dies in crash

Stanton hailed from Latta, South Carolina, and spent nine years in the MLB, appearing in more than 800 games as an outfielder. He started with the New York Mets in 1970, and was part of the later-infamous 1971 trade that sent Nolan Ryan, Stanton and two other Mets to the then-California Angels.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: leroy stanton, rip

Monday, February 18, 2019

MiLB mourns passing of Artiaga; Baseball ‘lifer’ served as Minor League president from 1988-91

Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O’Conner today released the following statement regarding the passing of former Minor League Baseball President Salvatore B. “Sal” Artiaga at the age of 72:

“It is with great sadness that the Minor League Baseball family mourns the passing of former President Salvatore B. “Sal” Artiaga, who passed away last night in Palm Harbor, Florida. Sal joined the Minor League Baseball office in 1983 and became President in 1988. His time as President was the catalyst for the future prosperity across Minor League Baseball and he was a valued member of the professional baseball family who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with his wife, Marlene, and the entire Artiaga family during this difficult time.”

Artiaga began his career in professional baseball in 1965 as the assistant business manager for the El Paso Sun Kings before moving on to the Tampa Tarpons, first as business manager then general manager. Artiaga served as the business coordinator in the player development department for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1983, he joined the staff of Minor League Baseball President John H. Johnson and, following Johnson’s passing in January 1988, Artiaga was elected Minor League Baseball’s ninth President.

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: milb, rip, sal artiaga

Monday, February 04, 2019

Bob Friend, Pirates pitching legend, dies at 88

Bob Friend, an ironman right-handed pitcher who never spent a day on the disabled list during his 16-year Major League Baseball career, died Sunday from a cardiac event in his sleep. He was 88.

“It was sudden and there were no warning signs,” his son, also Bob Friend, a longtime pro golfer,said. “He wasn’t suffering and went out quickly and was discovered by my mother [Pat Friend] this morning.”

The elder Mr. Friend, who lived in O’Hara, was a poster boy for the Pirates in the 1950s and 1960s. The 20-year-old was thrust into the starting rotation in 1951 and asked to ride out the storm. The pitiful Pirates lost more than 100 games in three of his four seasons; he had 50 losses to his name before age 24.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 04, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bob friend, rip

Monday, January 28, 2019

Peter Magowan, key leader of SF Giants and Safeway, dies

Peter A. Magowan, the charismatic Safeway supermarket magnate and San Francisco Giants owner and executive who fought off relocation of the team and spearheaded construction of their waterfront ballpark, died Sunday afternoon at his home in Pacific Heights.

Magowan had been ill for several years, undergoing surgeries for prostate and liver cancer, and had recently gone into hospice care. He died surrounded by family and friends, according to his wife, Debby Magowan. He was 76.

Magowan was Safeway’s CEO from 1979 until April 1993, when he began a 15-year tenure as managing general partner of the Giants.

He hired the executives who built four World Series teams that garnered three championships, in 2010, ’12 and ’14, and led the franchise and its owners to significant financial success.

Magowan also OKd the signing of All-Star outfielder Barry Bonds after the 1992 season, a shocking entry into baseball’s free-agent marketplace by what had been a stingy franchise.

RIP, and thank you for your service for the team.

QLE Posted: January 28, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, peter magowan, rip

 

 

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