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Andy Pienovi, Joe Saporito and Earl Robinson, former Dodgers figures, pass away

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  • Andy Pienovi, Joe Saporito and Earl Robinson, former Dodgers figures, pass away

    Thought I'd go over some Dodgers-related deaths that weren't reported in this forum previously.

    Andy Pienovi died in 2013, but his death was not reported in this forum. He scouted for the Dodgers.

    Pienovi, Andrew Anthony 90 Jan. 06, 1923 July 06, 2013 Andrew "Andy" was born in Portland the youngest of four to immigrant parents, Silvio and Maggiorina Pienovi, a typical immigrant family that worked 24/7 trying to give their children the best education possible.

    After his teaching career, Andy became a professional baseball scout for several teams including the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and finished with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has two World Series rings.
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    Joe Sapirito died in April of last year on his 96th birthday. He scouted for the Dodgers, too. He was also one of the few remaining pro ball players from the 1930s, debuting in 1937.

    Joseph “Jo Jo” P. Saporito, age 96 of Rockford passed away at home with family, April 16, 2014. Born April 16, 1918 in Rockford, son of Leo Luca and Lucia (Bruscato) Saporito. ...

    At age 17 Joe was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played for their minor league team but was then drafted into the United States Army. While serving in the Army during WWII, he survived five battles and two major invasions including D-Day and the Invasion of Sicily. He met his brother John by chance on the streets of Naples during WWII and went on to have his youngest brother transferred into his outfit. Following the war he served as a major league baseball scout with the Dodgers, Cubs and Brewers.
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    Earl Robinson, who died in July of last year, played for the Dodgers in 1958, hitting .200 in 15 at-bats.

    Earl Robinson, a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame who starred in both basketball and baseball as a Golden Bear in the 1950s, passed away Friday after a long illness. He was 77.

    Enshrined into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1988, Robinson was inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in in 2010 and in December 2011 received the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award, which is presented to the Cal men’s basketball alumnus who upholds the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University of California.
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