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Friday, October 09, 2020

Former Phillies infielder Kim Batiste, who went from goat to hero in 1993, dies

Kim Batiste, the popular Phillies infielder who overcame a brutal throwing error to stroke the game-winning hit in the first game of the 1993 National League Championship Series, died Wednesday.

Mr. Batiste, 52, died at a Louisiana hospital of complications from emergency kidney surgery, his family said. He played four seasons with the Phillies after being drafted in 1987 and was a key member of the 1993 team that won the pennant after finishing in last place the season before. He hit .282 that season, but his biggest contributions came with his glove as a late-inning defensive replacement.

Mr. Batiste entered Game 1 of the NLCS against Atlanta in the ninth inning to replace Dave Hollins at third base. He fielded the first ball hit his way — a sharp grounder by Mark Lemke — and threw it into right field as he tried to start a double play. Two batters later, the score was tied at 3.

“They all talked to me, encouraged me. They had me feeling relaxed, putting what I did behind me,” Mr. Batiste said that night of his teammates. “Guys were saying, ‘You’re going to win this game.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 09, 2020 at 10:09 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 03, 2020

Former Dodgers lefty Perranoski dies at 84

One of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ greatest left-handed relievers of all-time, Ron Perranoski, passed away at the age of 84 on Friday night at his home in Vero Beach, Fla.

Perranoski, who was born Ronald Peter Perranoski on April 1, 1936, in Paterson, N.J., was instrumental in leading the Dodgers during their string of pennants and World Series championship between 1963 and 1966 as the ace of their bullpen.

“Ron Perranoski played a major role in the success of the Dodgers as a great reliever and a mentor to many great young pitchers over his 30-year career in the organization,” said Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten.

“Perry,” as he was called, played in the Major Leagues from 1961 to 1973, signed with the Chicago Cubs out of Michigan State University on June 9, 1958, and came to the Dodgers on April 8, 1960, in a trade for Don Zimmer. In 13 years in the big leagues, he had a 79-74 career record with 178 saves and a 2.79 ERA.

Perranoski played for the Dodgers (1961-67, 1972), Twins (1968-71), Tigers (1971-72) and Angels (1973).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2020 at 04:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Friday, October 02, 2020

‘Sweet’ Lou Johnson, who hit winning homer for Los Angeles Dodgers in ‘65 World Series, dies

Sweet” Lou Johnson, who hit a key home run for the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series and scored the only run in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game the same year, has died. He was 86.

Johnson died Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Dodgers, who were informed by his wife. He had been in ill health and had recently celebrated a birthday.

Johnson played 17 seasons in professional baseball, including eight years in the majors with the Chicago Cubs (1960, ‘68), California Angels (1961, ‘69), Milwaukee Braves (1962), Dodgers (1965-67) and Cleveland Indians (1968). He hit .258 with 48 homers and 232 RBIs in 677 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2020 at 11:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lou johnson, obituatries

Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson dies at 84 after bout with cancer

By almost any account, Stan Musial was considered the greatest Cardinals player. By the same accounts, Bob Gibson, who died at age 84 Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska, under hospice care after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than a year, was considered the franchise’s greatest pitcher.

Gibson was the Cardinals’ second National Baseball Hall of Famer to die in the past month. His longtime teammate, Lou Brock, died at age 81 on Sept. 6. Gibson’s death came on the 52nd anniversary of perhaps his greatest game, a record 17-strikeout performance in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series.

Gibson, like Musial a rarity who played his entire career (1959-75) with the Cardinals, set club records for games won at 251 and complete games at a staggering 255, let alone a franchise-best 56 shutouts, strikeouts (3,117) and innings pitched at 3,884.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2020 at 11:47 PM | 55 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Former Dodgers fan favorite Jay Johnstone dies at 74 after COVID-19 battle

Jay Johnstone, the fun-loving outfielder who was best known for his clubhouse pranks and a dramatic pinch-hit home run that helped the Dodgers win the 1981 World Series, died Saturday, his daughter, Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone, confirmed on Facebook. He was 74.

Johnstone, who hit .267 with 102 home runs and 531 RBIs in a 20-year major league career from 1966-85, suffered from dementia and was in a Granada Hills nursing home when he died of complications from COVID-19.

“COVID was the one thing he couldn’t fight,” Johnstone’s daughter told the Associated Press on Monday. “It’s really kind of shocking.”

Johnstone was born on Nov. 20, 1945, in Manchester, Conn., and his family moved to Southern California when he was a toddler. He attended West Covina Edgewood High and signed with the Angels in 1963.

Johnstone reached the big leagues in 1966, the start of a lengthy career spent with the Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2020 at 02:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Former American League president Gene Budig dies at age 81

Gene Budig, the last president of the American League, has died. He was 81.
The Charleston RiverDogs’ minor-league baseball team, which Budig co-owned, announced his death on Tuesday. The team did not release a cause of Budig’s death.

Budig spent much of career as a leader in academics, heading several universities including time as president of West Virginia and chancellor of Kansas.

He was named AL president in 1994 and served in the position for six seasons until Major League Baseball eliminated those leadership roles in both the American and National leagues.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 12:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Sunday, September 06, 2020

Cardinals legend Lou Brock dies Sunday afternoon at 81

St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had fought through a number of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon. He was 81.

Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. He was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He had 3,023 hits. He was a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

But he may be known mostly as the centerpiece of what was perceived as the greatest trade in Cardinals history. Or just greatest baseball trade ever. On June 15, 1964, the Cardinals acquired Brock, a raw, 24-year-old outfielder from the Chicago Cubs in a trade that cost them popular righthander Ernie Broglio, who had been an 18-game winner for them the prior season although he was 3-5 in 1964 and perhaps injured. 

Immediately, the trade was not well received by the Cardinals’ players. “We thought it was the worst trade ever,” said Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2020 at 06:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: lou brock, obituatries

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mike Gillespie, coach of College World Series teams, dies

Mike Gillespie, who played on and coached College World Series title teams with Southern California, died Wednesday. He was 80.

He died in Irvine following complications from recent lung issues and a stroke, according to USC, which spoke to his son Mitch.

Gillespie was an infielder/outfielder on USC’s 1961 CWS championship team and the 1960 runner-up squad.

He was USC’s coach from 1987-2006, leading the Trojans to five Pac-10 titles, 14 NCAA Regional appearances, four CWS berths and the 1998 CWS crown. He won 763 games at USC and coached 30 future major leaguers, including Aaron and Bret Boone, Geoff Jenkins, Morgan Ensberg, Mark Prior and Barry Zito.

He coached the U.S. national team in 2000.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 02:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, obituatries

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

John McNamara, Cincinnati Reds manager from 1979 to 1982, dies at 88

John McNamara, who managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1982 and also managed the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, the California Angels, the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians, has died at the age of 88.

The Boston Globe confirmed McNamara’s death on Tuesday through his wife and nephew.

McNamara was named American League manager of the year in 1986 as he led the Red Sox to the American League pennant.

McNamara’s teams posted a record of 1160-1233 (.485) in his 19 seasons as an MLB manager. In his four years with the Reds, McNamara’s record was 279-244-1 (.533).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 03:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Friday, July 17, 2020

Former Phillies infielder, coach Tony Taylor dies at 84

Tony Taylor, a former Philadelphia Phillies infielder and coach, died Thursday. He was 84.

The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. He batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games.

Taylor, an All-Star in 1960, was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2004.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: obituatries, phillies, tony taylor

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Former catcher, longtime coach Mike Ryan dies at 78

Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox’s 1967 “Impossible Dream” team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78.

The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ryan appeared in 636 games with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1964 to 1974. He was Boston’s backup catcher for the American League championship team in 1967, going hitless in his only two World Series at-bats when the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2020 at 11:26 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Former Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett dies in plane crash in Utah

Former Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett died Friday morning in a plane crash in Utah.

Brummett, 35, was piloting the small plane when it crashed in the Wasatch Mountains outside Salt Lake City, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

All four passengers died in the crash — Brummett, his 35-year-old friend Alex Ruegner, and Ruegner’s uncle and aunt, Douglas (62) and Elaine Blackhurst (60).

Brummett had a cup of coffee for the 2012 Phillies, making one appearance in Game 162. He was in the Phillies’ system from 2007-12, pitching 110 total innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2020 at 04:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mike McCormick, former Giant and Yankee, dies at 81

Mike McCormick, a Cy Young winner and four-time All Star with the Giants who also briefly played for the Yankees, died Saturday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, the Giants announced. McCormick was 81 years old.

The lefthander had a 16-year career in the big leagues, playing for the Giants, Orioles, Senators His greatest accomplishments came with the Giants of San Francisco, winning the Cy Young Award in 1967 — the first San Francisco Giant to win the award — when he went 22-10 with a 2.85 ERA in his second stint with the Giants….

McCormick, who passed away at his home in North Carolina, was signed by the then New York Giants as a 17-year old in 1956 for $50,000. Under the MLB rules back then, it was required that such “bonus baby,” players had to spend the first two years on the major league roster — meaning he made the jump from high school to the big leagues.

But McCormick did not make his mark in New York, making just 27 appearances — seven starts as a New York Giant. It was after the Giants skipped town and landed in San Francisco that McCormick blossomed into a Cy Young-caliber pitcher. He recorded 11 wins in 1958 and at least as many in the next three seasons. He led the National League with a 2.70 ERA in 1960, the first of four times in his career he was named an All-Star.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2020 at 03:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike mccormick, obituatries



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