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03-19-2009, 08:36 PM
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Whitey Lockman this past Tuesday, March 17th. He was a member of two pennant-winning Giant teams, was a member of the last Giants team to win a World Championship in 1954, and was also a coach on Alvin Dark's staff when the Giants won the pennant in 1962. Although he played for other teams over the years and managed the Cubs in the early 1970's, I will always think of him as a Giant- and a gentleman.
Ralph Zig Tyko
03-19-2009, 08:46 PM
I am deeply saddened to read about Whitey's passing. My grandfather and I would sit in the right field grandstand at the Polo Grounds, eating a Rose Niss prepared sandvitch, and our view of the infield and home plate was enriched by #25.
03-20-2009, 08:44 AM
New york –
whitey lockman, who doubled ahead of bobby thompson's "shot heard round the world" that clinched the 1951 nl pennant, died tuesday, the daily news reported in friday editions. He was 82.
Lockman, who lived in scottsdale, ariz., told the daily news last week that he was fighting pulmonary fibrosis. Lockman's wife, linda, told the news on thursday night that her husband's death was "very, very sudden."
lockman was an outfielder and first baseman and played with the giants from 1945-1958. His career, which ended in 1960, also included stints with the cardinals, orioles and reds. He was a career .279 hitter with 114 home runs and was an all-star in 1952.
"he died with a lot of dignity, and we're gonna ge through this," linda lockman told the daily news. "we just miss him so much."
after his playing career, lockman went on to manage the cubs from 1972-74 and also served as an executive with the montreal expos and florida marlins.
03-20-2009, 10:08 AM
Here's Whitey as a New York Giant............
03-20-2009, 02:58 PM
My little tribute to Whitey Lockman.
03-21-2009, 10:27 AM
Whitey Lockman was the definition of the term "a solid major leaguer". Whitey was only a one-time N.L. all-star (1952), but was an everyday player on most of the teams he was with from 1945 to 1960, getting over 600 at bats in four seasons, and versatile also since he could play a number of positions.
Lockman played in a different world than today's world of MLB. He made his major league debut a few weeks before his 19th birthday and he played the last of his over 1600 major league games by the time he was 34, which is an extremely young age to retire from the game by today's standards, where playing into their 40s seems to be the career goal of most players. Still he played on a World's Champion (1954 NY Giants), and played a part in history with a double that kept a rally alive in to set up Bobby Thompson's 1951 "Shot Heard 'Round The World". He was a career baseball man who remained in baseball in the Minors and in Player Development for decades after his retirement as a player. Always a solid contributor to the game no matter what role he was assigned, Whitey will be missed.
03-22-2009, 02:51 PM
Nice piece from todays NY Daily News
BY Jesse Spector
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Sunday, March 22nd 2009, 12:05 AM
As an All-Star first baseman for the Giants in the 1950s, Whitey Lockman was right in the middle of the Golden Age of New York City baseball. His RBI double at the Polo Grounds knocked Dodgers ace Don Newcombe out of the final game of the legendary 1951 National League playoff and set the stage for Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning homer off Ralph Branca, and he hit 16 homers for the 1954 team that won the World Series.
Lockman died on Tuesday in Phoenix after battling pulmonary fibrosis. He was 82, and his wife Linda described it as "very, very sudden." In fact, just one week before his death, Lockman was in good spirits for an extensive phone interview with the Daily News. He regretted that medical appointments that day kept him from meeting in person, but said the doctors were happy with his progress and that while the disease wasn't "in remission, it (wasn't) getting worse." A true gentleman, he apologized for the "inconvenience" of not being able to meet in person, and looked forward to doing so in the future.
Sitting poolside at his Scottsdale home that day, Lockman seemed energized as he told stories of his time with the Giants.
Lockman came up with one out and two runners on in the ninth inning at the Polo Grounds on Oct. 3, 1951. With the Giants trailing, 4-1, Lockman represented the tying run - and he knew it.
"I'm walking to the plate thinking we've got a short porch in right, I'm a lefthanded hitter, surely I can tie this game up - and that's what my mind-set was although I'm not a home run hitter," Lockman said in one of his final interviews. "Newcombe had other plans....He hit the black outside with the first pitch and I took it for a strike. Next pitch was the same thing, outside black, and I swung and hit a line drive down the left field line for a double.
"Don Mueller (who had been on first base) broke his ankle going into third base on the double....During this time when they were tending to Mueller, our first-base coach was Freddie Fitzsimmons, and I'm standing there at second base after checking on Mueller with the rest of 'em. They wind up taking him off on a stretcher because he couldn't walk. So I'm standing there at second and Freddie Fitzsimmons comes over from first base and says, 'Whitey, we need a big one now.' I said, 'Well, why don't we ask for it?' So we both looked upstairs and said, 'We need some help here if there's anything you can do.'
"So Bobby comes up, and gets the first pitch from Branca - because I had knocked Newcombe out, and Branca came in - you can't believe how perfect a pitch Branca made for Bobby to hit a mile. And he took it. The next pitch was a high, inside, bad ball off the plate that if you swing at it, you pop up. And he swung at it, and it went toward left field, and I thought, well, we got one run in for sure. And it kept going, and I thought it's going to be hit up against the fence and we got a chance to tie it for sure and Bobby's going to be on second at least with the winning run. All of a sudden, the umpire's out there waving his hat for a home run. What a joyous occasion."
The Giants went on to lose the 1951 World Series to the Yankees, but won it all three years later - their only championship under Leo Durocher. Lockman's first memory of the Hall of Fame skipper was his arrival to manage the team in the middle of the 1948 season, a campaign Durocher had started out by managing the Dodgers.
"When the announcement was made that Durocher was coming to the Giants, and (Mel) Ott had been let go, it kind of broke my heart because I had broken in as an 18-year-old in '45 and Ott was a playing manager. He hit fourth and I hit third in my first game. In my first at-bat, I hit a home run, and as I got back, Ott kidded me, he said, 'Hey, I've got 500-something home runs, and you hit one first time up?'" Lockman said. "But I remember when Leo joined us at the Polo Grounds, he put on the Giants uniform and came out and he said, 'OK, boys, take a look across my jersey - it says Giants. I'm a Giant, and we're all Giants, and we're one of the best teams in the history of baseball, and we're gonna play like it.' The way he spoke and his demeanor said a lot about him - he managed by the seat of his pants, but it was a pretty good seat."
Lockman also had fond memories of working for the Cubs and Expos after his playing days were over, and of helping to build the Marlins from expansion into a championship team. About a week before the interview, he had gone to dinner with Cubs special assistant Gary Hughes, Rockies special assistant Pat Daugherty and former Angels GM Bill Stoneman, and they recalled their time in the Montreal front office. Hughes paid Lockman a visit in the hospital the day he died, and the Cubs and Giants observed a moment of silence before their exhibition game on Wednesday.
03-23-2009, 11:01 AM
Whitey Lockman was the epitome of a professional. He will be missed. RIP Whitey.
05-07-2009, 08:23 PM
"without too big of a lead at second but he'll be runnin' like the wind if Thompson hits one... Branca throws....."