Good to see Jack Lohrke still on this list! Growing up in Milpitas, CA, I was a good friend of his son, John. When I first met John in 1977, at the age of 17, he asked me what I was interested in. I immediately told him 'baseball' and bragged that I could answer any baseball question he asked me. He said, "Okay, here's one: Did my dad play in the 1951 World Series?" So, naturally, I asked him, "Who is your dad?" His reply was, "Jack Lohrke." I said, "Your dad is Lucky Lohrke??" He replied, "You know my dad's nickname??" Needless to say, we became fast friends.
One of the greatest treats I ever had in my life was the very first time I ever went over to John's house to pick him up for a concert we were going to. He was still in the shower so I spent a few minutes in the living room with his father, Jack. We immediately began talking baseball, and some of the inside stuff he told me about the Giants of the early '50s was fascinating and quite funny. He had a great sense of humor. I almost didn't want to leave when his son was ready to go, I was having such a blast.
Anyway, seeing Lohrke's name on this list just now brought back a flood of great memories. Thanks.
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. - Yogi Berra