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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Don Demeter, former Brooklyn Dodger and Oklahoma City native, dies at age 86

Don Demeter, who played 11 seasons in the major leagues and was one of the few remaining Brooklyn Dodgers still living, died Monday night. He was 86 years old.

Born in Oklahoma City, Demeter played on powerhouse baseball teams at Capitol Hill High School. He signed with Brooklyn right out of high school and made the major league roster with the Dodgers in 1956 at age 21.

The outfielder was part of Brooklyn’s first World Series championship team in 1959. He played in all six games of the World Series and started in three of them.

Demeter also played with the Phillies, Tigers and Indians, hitting 163 home runs and driving in 563 runs in his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 10:34 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: December 01, 2021 at 10:47 AM (#6055534)
Brooklyn’s first World Series championship team in 1959


How the hell did the editor miss that?
   2. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 10:56 AM (#6055537)
Gannett paper. On a great day, they're capable of mediocrity. This obviously isn't a great day.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 01, 2021 at 11:18 AM (#6055543)
How the hell did the editor miss that?
Probably by getting laid off 8 years ago.
   4. John DiFool2 Posted: December 01, 2021 at 11:30 AM (#6055547)
You made TWO errors!

You did not notice your mistakes-you have made THREE errors!
   5. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 11:37 AM (#6055550)
Probably by getting laid off 8 years ago.


Copy editing at most (all?) Gannett local dailies is done at a hub that handles numerous papers in a given region. Not that that's any excuse for such a basic screw-up.

Lord only knows how few actual line editors are in place at actual newsrooms.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 01, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6055555)
In 1998, I was a soon-to-be-graduating journalism major, and I did an externship at a suburban Chicago daily. It was nowhere near the Trib or the Sun-Times, of course, but it was well respected in its field and had a legitimate, full, self-contained reporting and editing staff. Independently owned. Such a different world back then. I did make friends with a designer who was a recent graduate just starting his career, and he's managed to keep a job there for the past 23 years, so that's something. He's had to learn all kinds of new development skills and software along the way, of course.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 01, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6055571)
Re 4: Where's Jackson Roykirk when you really need him...?

Y'know, folks, we're not just running out of Brooklyn Dodgers players, but also fans. My father-in-law, born 1942, vividly remembered when the Bums moved west; he passed away in 2019. Most Brooklyn Dodgers fans are at least in their eighties now. (Father Time, as they say, is undefeated.)
   8. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 01, 2021 at 02:34 PM (#6055606)
Does i make you feel better to know that it's been corrected?
   9. salvomania Posted: December 01, 2021 at 04:00 PM (#6055636)
and I did an externship at a suburban Chicago daily

Was that the "Southtown"?
   10. BDC Posted: December 01, 2021 at 04:18 PM (#6055644)
RIP Don Demeter! He was slightly before my time. An interesting type of ballplayer: power and some defensive ability, not a great K/W ratio, didn't steal bases. He's not that bad a comp for Tony Armas a couple of decades later, in fact Demeter had a better career OPS+ though a shorter career.
   11. Mr. Hotfoot Jackson (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 05:15 PM (#6055665)
When I was a kid, my Southern Baptist church's little library included a book from the early '60s consisting of short -- like, maybe 5 pages or so -- profiles of devout ballplayers. Baseball only, I think, though I could be wrong there. Pretty sure Don Demeter was among them. Only other name I remember for sure is Dave Wickersham.

And possibly Felipe Alou, who was the subject of a faith-focused biography I owned in paperback.
   12. DanG Posted: December 01, 2021 at 05:43 PM (#6055668)
Acquired by the Tigers in a deal that turned out terrible for them:

In 1963 the Tigers got off to a bad start, Scheffing was fired, and Chuck Dressen took the reins. Several times he held Bunning out of his normal rotation for an extra day or two, until Jim complained. Dressen took Bunning’s unhappiness to heart, and Jim won six of his last eight games. Dressen also wanted him to pitch with an overhand motion. Bunning refused, having already tried that without success. His outspokenness, being his teammates’ union representative, and the fact that he worked as a stockbroker in the offseason irked Tigers management. Bunning realized he might be traded.

Bunning’s feeling turned out to be correct. During the winter meetings he was traded to the Phillies along with catcher Gus Triandos for outfielder Don Demeter and pitcher Jack Hamilton. Philadelphia manager Gene Mauch was elated; he felt it gave the Phillies a big boost toward contending in 1964.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 01, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6055671)
Was that the "Southtown"?
Daily Herald in Arlington Heights.
   14. Tony S Posted: December 01, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#6055673)
the fact that he worked as a stockbroker in the offseason irked Tigers management


These uppity Kentucky boys. Who do they think they are?

Philadelphia manager Gene Mauch was elated; he felt it gave the Phillies a big boost toward contending in 1964.


He was all too correct.
   15. GregD Posted: December 01, 2021 at 06:04 PM (#6055674)
Wow. Bunning’s extreme stubbornness did not always reflect well on him as he aged into a crank but he was damn sure right to dig in

Between 1957 and 1962 he went 98-68, struck out 1134 and walked 435 with a 3.27 era and a 123 ERA+ no one would have known about, in 1514 innings. What kind of idiot was Dressen? Who looks at that and figures it needs fixing?
   16. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 06:23 PM (#6055677)
Crap. Now summer will never come again.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 01, 2021 at 09:53 PM (#6055733)
What kind of idiot was Dressen? Who looks at that and figures it needs fixing?


Dressen's SABR bio calls him a "supreme egotist", and that's probably underselling it. Dressen spent his entire managerial and coaching career believing that he was the smartest man in baseball, and he acted like it at all times. When he was managing the Dodgers in the 1950s, he's reputed to have told them, "Just hold them for a few innings, fellas. I'll think of something," insinuating that it was Dressen's brain that was responsible for the club's success, rather than the talent of Robinson, Reese, Snider, Campanella, Hodges, etc. So yes, I can believe that if Dressen thought that there was a problem with Bunning's delivery, he'd ignore the actual results and assume that he was 100% right about the matter.

   18. Itchy Row Posted: December 01, 2021 at 10:13 PM (#6055739)
Daily Herald in Arlington Heights.
I guessed the Southtown too, but I know you’re a Cub fan and the billboards of the Southtown Economist (as it was known in my day) said something like “It was a perfect day. The Sox won and the Cubs lost.” I probably got that wrong because I was about 8 and drinking heavily at the time.

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