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    We are now down to thirty-three former New York Giants with Hub Andrews' passing this past March 11th.

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    I hate to be the grim reaper dressed in Giants' black and orange, but with the recent passings of Gail Harris and Chuck Diering, we are now down to thirty-one former New York Giants.

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    Two more recent NY Giants players deaths:

    Al Dark SS- age 92 NY Giants 1950-1956. - later Giants Manager in San Francisco - NL All-Star 1951, 1952, & 1954). - died: October 2014.
    Stu Miller P - age 87 - NY Giants 1957 plus 1958- 1962 SF Giants. - NL All-Star 1961. died: January 4, 2015.

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    Actually you are missing a death. Mario Picone has passed away.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/mari...ses-away-at-87

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    Updated list:

    Gil Coan- 5/18/1922 (1955)
    Red Schoendienst- 2/2/1923 (1956-1957)
    Wayne Terwilliger- 6/27/1925 (1955-1956)
    Windy McCall- 7/18/1925 (1954-1957)
    Harvey Gentry- 5/27/1926 (1954)
    Billy Gardner- 7/19/1927 (1954-1955)
    Al Worthington- 2/5/1929 (1953- 1954;1956-1957)
    Daryl Spencer- 7/13/1929 (1952-1953; 1956-1957)
    Joe Margoneri- 1/13/1930 (1956-1957)
    Ron Samford- 2/28/1930 (1954)
    Johnny Antonelli-4/12/1930 (1954-1957)
    Pete Burnside-7/2/1930 (1955, 1957)
    Foster Castleman- 1/1/1931 (1954-1957)
    Willie Mays- 5/6/1931-(1951-1952; 1954-1957)
    Ray Crone- 8/7/1931 (1957)
    Ed Bressoud- 5/2/1932 (1956-1957)
    Ozzie Virgil,Sr.- 5/17/1933 (1956-1957)
    Roy Wright- 9/26/1933 (1956)
    Joe Amalfitano- 1/23/1934 (1954-1955)
    Bill White-1/28/1934 (1956)
    Jackie Brandt- 4/28/1934 (1956)
    Mike McCormick-9/29/1938 (1956-1957)

    Only 22 left by my count.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 03-23-2016 at 02:20 PM.

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    Witness the recent updating of the surviving NY Giants players list. It was originated by Chinese Home Run and maintained by him for a while, but then it has been neglected for more than the last FOUR YEARS.
    Thanks are definitely in order for Cowtipper for taking on the challenge and bringing the list up to date. Great Job!!!!
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 01-31-2015 at 10:40 AM.

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    The New York Giants have a knack for longevity. Only one has died since I updated that list a year ago (Monte Irvin).

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    Quote Originally Posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    Witness the recent updating of the surviving NY Giants players list. It was originated by Chinese Home Run and maintained by him for a while, but then it has been neglected for more than the last FOUR YEARS.
    Thanks are definitely in order for Cowtipper for taking on the challenge and bringing the list up to date. Great Job!!!!
    Thanks to Cowtipper for carrying the torch and going through all the trouble of updating my beloved remaining survivors of the New York Giants. (Boy, that's a mouthful, HUH?) I guess every time I hear about one passing makes me a little sadder, especially since a lot of the players I talked to from the 1954 team for a book I've been working on forever are dwindling away. I still miss talking to Dusty Rhodes even though it's been over six years since he passed, and Whitey Lockman, and Al Dark, and especially Monte Irvin most recently. I spoke with him right before Christmas, and he was still sharp as a tack.

    I guess it's different to look at them from afar as heroes as opposed to actually meeting them and talking to them. It's sad to see men you idolized pass, but for the most part, they lived very full and productive lives, so I really shouldn't be sad at all. You could do a lot worse than looking up to Monte Irvin as a role model.

    Just wanted to add my two cents- haven't been like Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" hiding away and waiting for the phone to ring- but I again wanted to thank Cowtipper for maintaining that for all of us.

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    Joe Garagiola, a member of the 1954 NY Giants World's Championship team (catcher) and baseball hall of fame broadcaster (ford frick award winner), turns 90 today!
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 02-12-2016 at 09:38 AM.

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    Unfortunately, Joe Garagiola has passed away.

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    So now we are down to nine men who played for the 1954 World Championship team, although Garagiola was only with them for a very short period of time. He was picked up after the September 1st deadline, making him ineligible for the World Series. When Mays made "The Catch," Garagiola could be seen looking out the clubhouse window.
    When I was doing research for the book I wrote about the 1954 team, I contacted Garagiola, and he said he probably couldn't help me much. "Well," I said, "you probably had the best seat in the house when Mays made the catch."
    He said, "I never saw it." My jaw must have dropped a foot. He said, "I was blocked by the batter's eye. I heard nothing for a few seconds, then I heard a huge roar and saw the ball go back into the infield." And this was after fifty-some odd years of saying he saw it. Oh, well......
    I couldn't- or wouldn't- use anything of what he told me, because of something I heard about him and Stan Musial. When the Cardinals were in the World Series several years ago, someone in the Cardinals' front office came up with the idea of having Musial throw the first pitch to Garagiola. It seems the two of them had been partners in a bowling alley venture that went bad, and Joe sued Stan. Musial said, "I'll be staying home instead." The following night- with Garagiola back home in Arizona- Musial threw out the first pitch.
    I figured if Joe could sue one of the most beloved players in history, what chance would I have? The interview wound up on the cutting room floor, so to speak.
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    Sadly, Daryl Spencer passed earlier this week. I'm not sure if we are down to 20 or 21 former New York Giants that are still living- it's one or the other, I believe. He was also one of just 26 men to play for the Giants on both coasts.

    I had met him at an autograph show in New Jersey many years ago, and he agreed to an interview. Holy Smokes, it was one story after another until I realized an hour and a half went by. One of my favorites was when he asked me if I had ever seen the movie "Mr. Baseball" with Tom Selleck. I said that I had, and when he told me, "That scene where Selleck goes up to the plate holding his bat upside down- they stole that from me!" When Daryl played in Japan, he was intentionally walked several consecutive times one year when he was in the running for the home run title because the Japanese didn't want an American to win it.

    A very aggressive player- he changed the playing style in Japan for good once he got there- but a good middle infielder with some pop in his bat. Although he played for a few other teams in MLB, I'll always think of him as a Giant.

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