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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

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Reds minor leaguer killed, two others injured in car crash in Dominican Republic

Jairo Capellán, a minor league player in the Cincinnati Reds organization, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Saturday morning and two more Reds players were injured, the team said.

Capellán, a 6-foot-8 pitcher, signed with the Reds in June 2017 and played for the Reds in the Dominican Summer League last season. He was 19.

“Jairo was a talented young pitcher with a bright future who was taken from us much too soon,” Reds Latin America Field Coordinator Joel Noboa said. “He will be missed by everyone who knew him — his teammates, coaches and our Dominican Academy staff.”

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, jairo capellan, reds, rip

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Willie McCovey: Giants great remembered as ‘Hall of Fame human being’

As soon as Willie McCovey’s physical ailments began to prevent him from joining baseball’s greats in Cooperstown every July for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they started coming to him.

Bob Gibson, Frank Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Joe Torre, Vin Scully and many more would ride the elevator to the third floor at AT&T Park to visit McCovey, who watched every game from a booth when his health allowed.

They felt that no visit to San Francisco was complete without saying hi to Mac. And yet, the truest measure of McCovey as a person was not how baseball’s royalty treated him, but how he treated the game’s commoners: current ballplayers, stadium employees and fans.

RIP, Willie- you will be missed.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, willie mccovey

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Longtime Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies at 83

Hank Greenwald, among the most beloved of all San Francisco Giants broadcasters, died at California Pacific Medical Center Monday afternoon. He was 83.

Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months, and after an onset of bronchitis, he was taken to the hospital Saturday.

“He’d just been feeling rotten for a long time,” said his wife, Carla. “He died after valiant efforts by a fabulous medical staff.”

RIP- you will be missed by those of us who listened for you.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, giants, hank greenwald, rip

Friday, October 05, 2018

Hartford Native Peter Bjarkman, Foremost Expert, Author On Cuban Baseball, Dies At 77

Peter C. Bjarkman, a Hartford native who went on to become one of the foremost experts and most prolific writers about baseball in Cuba, died on Monday in Havana. He was 77.

“In America, everyone fancies himself a baseball expert,” wrote John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, “perhaps in Cuba, too. But no American has joined the past, present and future of each nation’s view of the game as Bjarkman has.”

Details of Bjarkman’s death were not immediately available. Reynaldo Cruz, the editor of Universo Béisbol and a longtime friend, told The Courant via email that Bjarkman died Monday of an apparent heart attack as he was boarding a plane in Havana. Cruz identified Bjarkman’s body and is planning a tribute.

QLE Posted: October 05, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, history, peter bjarkman, rip

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Marty Pattin, a major league All-Star in 1971 who won 114 games in a career that spanned 13 seasons, died Wednesday at the age of 75.

Pattin pitched for the Royals from 1974 to ’80 and also the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox. He had lived in Lawrence since 1982 when he accepted a job as head baseball coach at the University of Kansas where he led the Jayhawks from ’82 to ’87.

According to a source close to the family, the Charleston, Ill., native and 1965 Eastern Illinois University graduate died in his sleep in Illinois where he was visiting friends. Details on services are not yet available.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marty pattin, rip

 

 

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