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    Hello Baseball Fever Community,

    My late grandfather, Jimmy “Rip” Fanning, grew up playing baseball and told some stories of playing with the farm teams of the White Sox and the Pirates. He was born in 1935 so we believe that would have him playing mid to late 50s. We believe he played for the New Orleans Pelicans as he mention Roy Face and Gene Freese, but haven’t been able to find any records of him with the Pelicans or several other AAA or AA teams. My hope is that someone sees this that may know or stumbles across something that can be shared to help preserve his baseball memories.

    Thanks, Ben

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    Originally posted by bfanning View Post
    Hello Baseball Fever Community,

    My late grandfather, Jimmy “Rip” Fanning, grew up playing baseball and told some stories of playing with the farm teams of the White Sox and the Pirates. He was born in 1935 so we believe that would have him playing mid to late 50s. We believe he played for the New Orleans Pelicans as he mention Roy Face and Gene Freese, but haven’t been able to find any records of him with the Pelicans or several other AAA or AA teams. My hope is that someone sees this that may know or stumbles across something that can be shared to help preserve his baseball memories.

    Thanks, Ben
    Hi, I don't have any specific info about your grandfather. Since he was born in 1935, about 1953 probably is the earliest he would have been in the Minors. Face played for New Orleans in 1954, and I believe Freese did also. Your grandfather would have been 19 in 1954, which is extremely young to be playing in the high Minors. Usually only a few super-elite prospects played at such a level at that age. Please understand I'm not implying that he didn't, but it would have been an unusual occurrence. Unfortunately I have no access to any old New Orleans rosters. Good luck in your search.

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      The only year that Roy Face and Gene Freese played for the New Orleans Pelicans was 1954, when it was the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Future Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh was that team's manager, by the way, and they won 92 games, finishing second in the Southern Association that year. No Fanning is on any Southern League team's roster that season, nor could I find him on any Pelicans roster in the 1950s.

      The only Rip Fanning I can find from professional baseball played in the minors from 1929-35, and managed into the 1940s. He was born in 1898, however and his Christian name was Innes (or I.B.), not Jimmy.
      Last edited by Chadwick; 01-24-2021, 04:10 PM.
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