Reflects passing of Cy Buker.
Reflects passing of Cy Buker.
Last edited by VIBaseball; 10-12-2011 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Revised list below
Updated list below
Last edited by VIBaseball; 07-25-2012 at 08:51 AM. Reason: Reflects passing of Ed Stevens.
It's nice to have something to write about in this thread other than passings of the old Brooklyn players (though it's even nicer that there haven't been any deaths for a good while now).
This story is about The Oldest Living Dodger: Mike Sandlock. In fact, he's #3 among all ex-big-leaguers behind Conrado Marrero and Ace Parker.
Note that he will be honored at Citi Field on July 21.
He seems to be in good form mentally and physically.
Here's Mike a few years back at a Dodgers Weekend Card Show in NJ[ATTACH]110947
you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
Reflects passing of Boyd Bartley.
Last edited by VIBaseball; 12-21-2012 at 08:06 PM. Reason: Updated list below.
Reflects passing of Andy Pafko.
Last edited by VIBaseball; 10-09-2013 at 06:21 AM. Reason: Revised list below.
I thought it was time to write again about a living Brooklyn Dodger, rather than noting that another had passed away. Preston Ward had not been previously mentioned in this thread.
The Dodgers signed Ward, whose primary position was first base, at the age of 16 in 1944. He made his big-league debut with them in 1948 and hit .260 in 42 games. He actually opened the season as the starter, and he was hitting for good average, but with only one homer. Then Ward went into a bit of a slump; Gil Hodges took over and held the position for 14 years.
Obviously Ward’s way was blocked in Brooklyn, and the Cubs bought his contract and Paul Minner’s for $100,000. Ward remained in the majors through 1959, missing the 1951 and ’52 seasons while serving in the military during the Korean War. He reached a career high in homers with 12 in 1953, splitting the season between the Cubs and Pirates.
Ward retired with a lifetime average of .253 in 744 games after the 1959 season. He and his wife Marie were married in 1951 while he was a soldier stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in his native Missouri. They had two daughters named Sherrie and Linda. They took up residence in Las Vegas and worked together in their own company, Ward Business Products. Marie passed away in 2009.
At least as late as 1994, Ward was also a scout for the Yankees.
Reflects the passing of Preston Ward.
Last edited by VIBaseball; 10-23-2013 at 05:21 PM. Reason: Updated list below.
Reflects the passing of Rod Miller.
Last edited by VIBaseball; 11-19-2013 at 06:11 PM. Reason: Updated list below.
Wow. The youngest surviving Brooklyn Dodger, Rod Miller, has died.
Name DOB Age (y-e 2013)
Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 98
Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 96
Lee Pfund 10/10/1919 94
Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 94
Jean-Pierre Roy 6/26/1920 93
Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 93
Marv Rackley 7/25/1921 92
Chuck Kress 12/9/1921 92
Eddie Basinski 11/4/1922 91
Don Lund 5/18/1923 90
Tim Thompson 3/1/1924 89
George Shuba 12/13/1924 89
Johnny Rutherford 5/5/1925 88
Wayne Terwilliger 6/27/1925 88
Chris Haughey 10/3/1925 88
Ralph Branca 1/6/1926 87
Bob Borkowski 1/27/1926 87
Randy Jackson 2/10/1926 87
Dick Teed 3/8/1926 87
Don Newcombe 6/14/1926 87
Bobby Morgan 6/29/1926 87
Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 87
Carl Erskine 12/13/1926 87
Rocky Bridges 8/7/1927 86
Tommy Lasorda 9/22/1927 86
Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 86
Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 85
Joe Pignatano 8/4/1929 84
Roger Craig 2/17/1930 83
Ron Negray 2/26/1930 83
Glenn Mickens 7/26/1930 83
Don Zimmer 1/17/1931 82
Ed Roebuck 7/3/1931 82
Fred Kipp 10/1/1931 82
Chico Fernandez 3/2/1932 81
Jim Gentile 6/3/1934 79
Don Demeter 6/25/1935 78
Sandy Koufax 12/30/1935 76
Bob Aspromonte 6/19/1938 75