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Eddie Basinski, the violin-playing second baseman for the Portland Beavers, has died at age 99

Edwin Frank Basinski, who played 11 seasons with the Portland Beavers and was the second-oldest former Major League Baseball player, died Saturday at a care facility in Gladstone where he had resided for the last seven years.

“The good side is, he lived 99 years and 65 days,” his son, Dave Basinski, said. “He had a full life, like Betty White. His spirits were good right up until the end.”

Basinski was often included on lists of the greatest Beavers of all time, and was once voted by fans as the “Most Famous Beaver.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall Of Fame.

During his time as a second baseman in Portland, Basinski had 87 home runs and 231 doubles. His career batting average was .258 over 15 minor league seasons. He was also known to serenade the crowd with his violin. As a classically trained violinist, Basinski had played with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.

“He was a celebrity in Portland,” his son said. “I was so young I didn’t really get to appreciate it, but I have vague memories of going to the games and being in the clubhouse and years of hearing these stories. He became a very popular public speaker because he was a colorful storyteller.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 05:54 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 10, 2022 at 07:55 PM (#6060518)
The subject of a song by Paper Ceilings.

eddie's dodger teammates made fun of him
he wore coke bottle glasses and he played the violin
leo durocher thought that it was all a ruse
he said bring your violin tomorrow, i wanna hear some tunes

eddie made him a wager, said i can really play you know
i bet ya a thousand bucks that you'll enjoy the show
leo thought it over and said you've got yourself a deal
sweeter sounds were rarely heard in the confines of ebbets field

he played a waltz by strauss
among some other songs
leo emptied his wallet
and reluctantly admitted he was wrong

well he really dug berlin and all of tin pan alley
but he didn't last in brooklyn under walter o malley

so he joined the pcl
and there he fit right in
on sunday doubleheaders
he'd still play that violin

sometimes he'd hit a homer
sometimes he would strike out
but he always played the violin
and he always went all out

eddie basinski
loved to play the fiddle
and he loved to turn the double play
on a hard hit grounder up the middle
   2. Itchy Row Posted: January 10, 2022 at 08:02 PM (#6060519)
The oldest living ex-player is the appropriately-named George Elder. Elder is two months from his 101st birthday. He's more than three years older than the new second-oldest.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 08:13 PM (#6060522)
Elder is two months from his 101st birthday. He's more than three years older than the new second-oldest.,

I assume that is George Second-Elder?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: January 10, 2022 at 08:52 PM (#6060531)
Isn't that the sort of obituary headline we all aspire to?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 10, 2022 at 09:22 PM (#6060534)
. . . voted by fans as the “Most Famous Beaver.”
An impressive, if perhaps surprising, achievement.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 11, 2022 at 08:54 AM (#6060574)
Nothing wrong with 2B but it seems like the Most Famous Beaver should have been a 3B.
   7. jobu Posted: January 11, 2022 at 04:07 PM (#6060658)
He's in another song.

John Antonelli, Ferris Fain
Frankie Crosetti, Johnny Sain
Harry Brecheen and Lou Boudreau
Frankie Gustine and Claude Passeau
Eddie Basinski
Ernie Lombardi
Hughie Mulcahy
Van Lingle...Van Lingle Mungo
   8. AndrewJ Posted: January 11, 2022 at 07:47 PM (#6060696)
And Eddie outlived songwriter Dave Frishberg by two months.

Nothing wrong with 2B but it seems like the Most Famous Beaver should have been a 3B.

ISWYDT. *golf applause*

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