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Former Cleveland Indians catcher Hal Naragon dies at 90

CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Indians catcher Hal Naragon has died, the team announced Saturday morning. He was 90 years old.

“The Indians family is deeply saddened by the passing of Hal Naragon. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, a great teammate and coach. Hal put the ‘magic’ in Barberton,’” said Bob DiBiasio, Indians senior vice president of public affairs.

Naragon was born in Zanesville Ohio and went to high school in Barberton. He signed with the Indians in 1947 and made his debut in 1951. Later, he took a break from baseball to serve in the United States Marine Corps.


QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: September 03, 2019 at 07:40 AM (#5876382)
Naragon broke in as an 18-year-old with the 1947 Pittsfield Electrics of the Can-Am League, which had one other major-leaguer: his manager, 45-year-old Tony Rensa. A back-up catcher for 4 MLB teams in the 30s, Rensa didn't play pro ball until he was 23, with the 1925 Crisfield Crabbers of the Eastern Shore League.

The Crabbers had one other big-leaguer: Ralph Mattis, who played a season in the Federal League with Pittsburgh, and started his pro career with the 1911 Richmond Colts of the Virginia League. One of Mattis' teammates in Richmond was Jim Sullivan, a San Francisco boy who broke in with the 1892 San Francisco Folgers of the Central California League. That's pretty much a dead end, so we'll jump ahead to 1894, when Sullivan was with the Lincoln Treeplanters of the Western Association.

Sullivan's teammate/manager in Lincoln was Hi Elbright, who played 16 games for Washington of the National League in 1889, a club which featured the immortal Dummy Hoy and John Morrill. "Honest" John's first season was also the NL's first season; he played for the 1876 Boston Red Stockings...whose manager was none other than Harry Wright.

'Nuf ced.
   2. Davo Posted: September 03, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5876387)
I hadn't heard his name before, and after I saw on his bb-ref page that there was a good reason for that, I went to his Wikipedia entry, assuming he'd done something of note outside of baseball, but...nope, not really. But it did lead me to a question!:

Which player in MLB history do you think has the highest proportion of his Wikipedia page devoted to things he did in his non-baseball life?

Like, Jim Bunning has a very long Wikipedia entry, and only a quarter of it is about his baseball career. The rest is about his life in politics. Greasy Neale, another: just 2 paragraphs are about his baseball career, the rest about his Hall of Fame football career.

But...who's the "leader" in this category? I feel like there have to be some really fun answers that I'm overlooking.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 03, 2019 at 09:11 AM (#5876388)
Which player in MLB history do you think has the highest proportion of his Wikipedia page devoted to things he did in his non-baseball life?
Give Dykstra another year or two.
   4. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2019 at 09:20 AM (#5876389)
Jim Thorpe is probably way up there.
   5. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2019 at 09:23 AM (#5876390)
Less than a third of Curt Flood's wikipedia bio is devoted to his MLB career, which is probably up there with Bunning's bio as the least playing-related for a multiple All-Star.
   6. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 03, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5876393)
A lot of this depends on who wrote the article. Chuck Connors article breaks his sports career down to four subheadings - probably overkill. John Beradino's article has more acting than sports, but even so reduces his General Hospital work to a single line. His character, which he played for 33 years, has a lengthy page of it's own.

Edit: Billy Sunday would be very high on the list.
   7. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 03, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5876410)
By word count, ~11% of the meat of Danny Ainge's wiki entry (excluding stats, references, and the part above the contents) is devoted to his MLB career. About a quarter of that is a list of other players who've played in both MLB and the NBA. His NBA career as a player and an exec each get 3-4 times the space as his MLB career.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: September 03, 2019 at 11:09 AM (#5876426)
Josh Booty has a pretty extensive Wikipedia page. It only has one sentence about his MLB playing career, but there is some other discussion of his draft bonus, minor league career, and MLB Network show.

He was born Joshua Gibson Booty, but it doesn't say if he was named for Josh Gibson.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 03, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5876452)
About 7% of Alfred Lawson's wiki page is about his baseball career.
   10. Davo Posted: September 03, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5876458)
9- Oh that’s wonderful, that’s exactly the sort of person I was looking for! (I had not heard of Mr Lawson before.)
   11. QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5876471)
About 8% of the main text of the Wiki page for Franklin W. Olin is about his baseball career- and it should be noted that it is something of a stub, compared to both the corporation and the charitable foundation that he founded.
   12. Moeball Posted: September 03, 2019 at 05:44 PM (#5876521)
I would think Albert Spalding and John Montgomery Ward would have quite a bit outside their actual baseball careers.
   13. Greg Pope Posted: September 03, 2019 at 05:56 PM (#5876523)
I’m not sure how you guys are figuring out the percentages, but someone should check Moe Berg.

Yes, I watched The Catcher was a Spy on a plane recently.

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