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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Chuck Stobbs enjoyed making others feel welcome

Chuck Stobbs RIP…#7 on the Mickey Mantle 10 Longest Home Runs list.

The Washington Senators were just playing out the string and it wasn’t even his turn in the rotation, but left-hander Chuck Stobbs gamely took the ball for the 1957 season finale.

Facing the indignity of suffering his 20th loss of the season, Stobbs battled the visiting Baltimore Orioles for 10 innings before dropping a 7-3 decision at Griffith Park. The fact that he cemented his spot in baseball lore that Sept. 27 day overshadowed Stobbs’ competitive spirit.

That same competitive spirit served the Sarasota resident well the last seven years as he battled cancer. Surrounded by friends and family, the 79-year-old Stobbs succumbed to the disease early Friday morning.

Repoz Posted: July 13, 2008 at 11:52 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 13, 2008 at 12:26 PM (#2854678)
The oldest baseball card that I have is a '53 Chuck Stobbs. The older kids on the block either fleeced me out of '57 Ted Williams or just gave it to me, I really don't know.
   2. vern_fuller_brushback Posted: July 14, 2008 at 02:54 AM (#2855521)
About 12 years ago, I mailed a Bill Goff postcard and a baseball card to Stobbs, one of the few mainstays of the Washington franchise of the 1950's. I wrote a nice letter and asked him to sign both the card and postcard, and asked that he refer to Mantle's 565-footer on the pastcard. He returned both my cards signed, and added a '55 Topps reprint, also autographed, for good measure. He also returned my letter, on which he wrote in reference to the Mantle request, "I do not sign that way." I'm convinced that Chuck Stobbs was one heck of a competitor. RIP

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