Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, January 10, 2022

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
  Tags: eddie basinski, obituaries

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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*

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
JPWF13
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMets Announce Old Timers’ Day Roster
(7 - 11:06am, Aug 13)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogFernando Tatis Jr. suspended, tests positive for banned substance
(10 - 11:06am, Aug 13)
Last: Tom Goes to the Ballpark

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for the week of August 8-15, 2022
(226 - 11:03am, Aug 13)
Last: . . . . . .

NewsblogRodolfo Castro loses phone while diving into third in Pirates’ loss
(30 - 7:34am, Aug 13)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogFrancisco Lindor is now underrated
(4 - 5:55am, Aug 13)
Last: TVerik - Dr. Velocity

NewsblogHow Government Devastated Minor League Baseball
(3 - 9:54pm, Aug 12)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogPete Rose brushes off question about alleged sex with minor: ‘It was 55 years ago, babe’
(101 - 9:51pm, Aug 12)
Last: Brian White

Newsblog2022 MLB Field of Dreams Game: Four things to know with Cubs, Reds set to meet in Iowa
(15 - 9:46pm, Aug 12)
Last: AndrewJ

Newsblog‘A League of Their Own’: There’s Still No Crying in Baseball — Just Room for Fixing Old Errors
(64 - 7:40pm, Aug 12)
Last: Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome

NewsblogThe Orioles' advantage is hiding in plain sight
(8 - 2:01pm, Aug 12)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogTrevor Bauer Faces Sexual Battery Allegations in New Countersuit
(13 - 10:24am, Aug 12)
Last: cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE

NewsblogQuite a Sho: Ohtani ties Ruth, passes Ichiro in same game
(19 - 8:47am, Aug 12)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogJason Heyward, despite another year left on contract, won't be back with Chicago Cubs in 2023, Jed Hoyer says
(36 - 10:21pm, Aug 11)
Last: Sweatpants

Newsblog2022 NBA Playoffs thread
(4141 - 10:08pm, Aug 11)
Last: rr would lock Shaq's a$$ up

NewsblogAs they take the Field of Dreams, where do the Chicago Cubs stand in their latest rebuild?
(2 - 7:18pm, Aug 11)
Last: Brian C

Page rendered in 0.5362 seconds
66 querie(s) executed