Archive for the ‘Remembering’ Category

Remembering Gus Zernial

Posted: 6th April 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in Gus Zernial

In January, one of my favorite all time players died. Gus Zernial passed after a long battle with congestive heart failure and other ailments. To casual fans, Zernial was an above average journeyman who had brief, injury-riddled but nevertheless productive stints with the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics and the Detroit […]

Remembering Duke Snider

Posted: 2nd March 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in Duke Snider

Duke Snider and I were never in the same place at the same time. When I was growing up in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, the Dodgers were playing in Brooklyn. By the time Snider arrived in Los Angeles, my family had moved to Puerto Rico. And when Snider got to New York in […]

Remembering Chuck Tanner

Posted: 16th February 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in Chuck Tanner, Remembering

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have known for months that Chuck Tanner was in poor health and fading fast. We saw him at PNC Park mid-summer at a weekend long celebration for the 1979 World Series championship team. From August 21-23, the Pirates honored Tanner, the players, coaches, families, and the uniform style from that season. Tickets went […]

Remembering Big George Crowe

Posted: 26th January 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in George Crowe

Although I never lived in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Boston or Milwaukee, one of my early baseball favorites was Big George Crowe, a first baseman for the Reds, Cardinals, and Braves. My first connection to Crowe, who died on January 18 at 89, came when I was a ten-year-old growing up in Los Angeles avidly collecting […]

Remembering Art Mahan

Posted: 13th December 2010 by Graham Womack in Art Mahan

On paper, Art Mahan had a bad year in 1940. In his only season playing Major League Baseball, Mahan hit .244 with two home runs, 39 runs batted in, and an OPS+ of 73, abysmal numbers for a starting first baseman. His team, the Philadelphia Phillies, stocked with end-of-the-road veterans and players who would be […]

Fondly Remembering Gil McDougald

Posted: 4th December 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in Gil McDougald

Here’s the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi, on a Yankee infielder who retired near the top of his game. Derek Jeter, take note. _________________ While I was writing my post about Derek Jeter earlier this week, New York Yankee great Gil McDougald died. Reading McDougald’s obituaries, I couldn’t help but think about one major […]

Former Oakland Oaks catcher Billy Raimondi dies at 97

Posted: 25th October 2010 by Graham Womack in Billy Raimondi

Billy and Francis Raimondi with daughter June, courtesy of Mark Macrae Billy Raimondi didn’t have World Series rings, millions of dollars in career earnings, or a single day of Major League Baseball service. What Raimondi had, when he died on October 18 in Alameda, California at 97, was family: A wife of 72 years, a […]