List of players who played for the Phillies during or before WW II (1945 or earlier)
There are currently 3 living players who played for the Phillies in 1945 or earlier.
-Name-Position-Birthdate-Phillies Tenure-MLBTenure (age)
Al Monchak's death on 9/12/2015 means that there are now only two Phillies players who played for the Phillies before the end of World War Two.
1.* Don Hasenmayer - 3B - 4/4/1927 - Philies 1945-46, MLB 1945-46.(87) - Phillies & MLB Debut: May 2, 1945.
2.* Ralph 'Putsy' Caballero - 2B - 11/5/1927 - Phillies 1944-45, 1947-1952, MLB - same. (86). - Phillies & MLB debut: September 14, 1944.
* Played both in the Pre-War and/or War Era and the Post-World War Two Eras.
Caballero was a fixture as a Phillies reserve infielder for nearly a decade. He was in the majors at age 16 in 1944 and he was still just 22 when he was a member of "The Whiz Kids", the 1950 National League champion Phillies.
P - Al Monchak (9/15); Jackie Mayo (11/14); Lou Lucier (10/14) & P-Rogers Mc Kee (9/14) were to most recent players from this group to pass away.
Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-20-2015 at 10:10 AM.
It's interesting that three of the longest survivors McKee, Hasenmeyer and Caballero were signed and got their chance to play in the majors because they were under the military service draft age of 18. The talent/manpower shortage was so severe from the middle of WW II onward that major league teams, particularly second-division, losing teams like the Phillies looked to fill gaps, if only temporarily, by using players who were too young to be drafted. The late Granny Hamner, playing in the majors in 1944 at age 17, fell into this category as well.
McKee and Caballero were just 16 when they made their major league debuts in 1943 and 1944, respectively.
Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-25-2014 at 11:08 PM.
With the deaths of Danny Litwhiler and Alex Pitko in late Summer/early Autumn 2011, now there are only eight living Phillies who played for the team in the World War Two years or earlier ((1945 or earlier). See changes above in post #1.
Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-31-2011 at 03:41 PM.
With the passing of pitcher Barney Mussill in January 2013 there are now just seven living players who played for the Phillies in 1945 or earlier. (See list at top - Section #1).
That total was further reduced to 6 survivors with the death of 1944 Phillies shortstop Ford Moon" Mullen" at age 95, the following month.
Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-04-2013 at 10:27 AM.
Monchak, 97 and Lucier, 96 are now among the 7 oldest living major leaguers. Grate also has reached age 90.
There are now only 3 former Phillies players living who played for the Phillies prior to 1946, the start of the Post-World War Two Era:
1. Al Monchak - 1940 Phillies - shortstop - age 98
2. Ralph "Putsy Caballero - 1944-45; 1947-1952 Phillies - infielder - Age 87.
3. Don Hasenmayer 1945-46 Phillies - Third Baseman - age 87.