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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)
  Beats: john mcnamara, obituatries

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)
  Beats: mike ryan, obituatries, red sox

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)
  Beats: obituatries

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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