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  • Macker
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    Bill Robinson died in 2007.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Tito Francona, a talented outfielder/first baseman, passed away on Feb. 13, 2018 at the age of 84. He hit .272 in 1719 major league games between 1956 and 1970. His peak years were with the Cleveland Indians between 1959 and 1962 and he was selected to the 1961 American League all-star team. In 1959 he hit .363, but failed to qualify for the Batting title by about 30 plate appearances. He also had a career high 20 home runs that season. Francona hit 16 HR with a career high 85 RBI and a .301 batting average in 1961, his only all-star season. Francona played for the Phillies for part of the 1967 season. He is the father of Terry Francona, current Cleveland Indians manager, who managed the Phillies between 1997 and 2000.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Jan. 7,2018: 1951 & 1952 Phillies infielder, Dick Young has passed away at age 89. He ranked among the 80 oldest, currently living major leaguers up to the time of his passing.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Oct. 6. 2017; Phillies first baseman, Johnny Herrnstein died at the age of 79. He was a Phillie between 1962 and 1966 and got the most playing time (303 at bats) in 1964. Unfortunately the Phillies never solved their problem at first baseman in 1964. Herrnstein got off to a good start at the plate in 1964, but then faded.If they had a decent, solid major league first baseman whose base hits might have contributed to a few more wins they would probably have built up so large a lead that they could have dipped a little in September but still taken the pennant. First baseman, with Herrnstein, Ruben Amaro Sr., Roy Sievers, Frank Thomas, costen Shockley, Danny Cater, and Vic Power was the weak link in the Phillies '64 lineup. Herrnstein hit .234 with 6 home runs in 1964 and hit .220 with 8 home runs lifetime, with just 99 career hits.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-25-2018, 06:38 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    As of today, Oct. 5, 2017, the Phillies have 20 living players who were born before 1930. That's probably more than any other major league team.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Birthdates were just now extended through 9/30/1943. (74 years old as of 9/30.2017). - 113 players are on the list at this point. (Oct. 5, 2017). - philliesfiend55-

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Solly Hemus, a Phillies infielder from 1956 to 1958 passed away on October 2 at the age of 94. He led the National League in runs scored with 105 in 1952 as a St. Louis Cardinal. Hemus played for the Cardinals 1949-1956, Phillies 1956-1958, and then the Cardinals again in 1959. He would become the Cards manager in 1959-1961.Hemus hit .273 lifetime.. Hemus was the second oldest living Phillie and the 19th oldest living major leaguer up until the time of his passing.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 10-05-2017, 07:34 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Pitcher, Bob Kuzava (1923-2017) passes away.

    May 17: Bob Kuzava, a righthanded pitcher on the Phillies 1955 team has passed away less than two weeks shy of his 94th birthday (May 28). The well-traveled Mr. Kuzava played for eight major league teams (half of the 16 teams then in existence), including the inaugural Baltimore Orioles 1954 team and three World's Champion early 1950s New York Yankees teams. He was above .500 lifetime, going 49-44, with a 4.05 earned run average between 1946 and 1957. In 213 games he made 99 starts, pitched 34 Complete Games, and threw seven Shut Outs. He was listed by Wikipedia as the 20th oldest living major leaguer up until the time of his passing.
    1949, when he went 10-6 for the Chicago White Sox and 1951 where he went 11-7 in a year split between the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees may have been his top years. Kuzava made relief appearances for the New York Yankees in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 World Series.
    He was the third oldest living Phillies behind only Wally Westlake, 96 and Solly Hemus, 94.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-17-2017, 10:45 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    I believe that the Phillies' total of 22 living players born before 1930 is the highest of any MLB team.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-17-2017, 09:36 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Rearranged list to save space.
    Found a few previously omitted players.
    Extended included birthdates from 12/1942 to 5/1943.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Oops! - I missed one.
    Pitcher, Grant Jackson (born: 9/28/1942 - about 74 yrs., 6 mos.) has just been added to the list. He's currently at #109 of 111.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-23-2017, 11:56 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Phillies third baseman/utility infielder, Bob Sadowski (1961) passed away three days ago on January 6. He was nine days shy of his 80th birthday.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    11/18/2016: Happy 90th birthday, Roy Sievers - (Phillies 1962-1964; MLB: 1949-1965; 1949 American Lg. Rookie of the Year; led A. L. in 1957 in HR & RBI; 318 career HR; Veteran of nearly 1,900 MLB games; 4-Time American League All-Star).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-18-2016, 08:53 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Wally Westlake, a 10 year major league third baseman/outfielder (1947-1956) , a member of the 1956 Phillies, and a 1951 National League All-Star has recently become one of the 10 oldest living major leaguers. He is due to turn 96 on November 8.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
    The following four names are the only players who are still alive from the 1950 NL-Pennant winning club:

    Putsy Caballero
    Bob Miller
    Curt Simmons
    Paul Stuffel
    Caballero is also one of only two living Phillies who made their MLB debuts before the end of World War Two.

    Ralph "Putsy Caballero - MLB Debut: 9/14/1944 (Phillies 1944-1952, except 1946 military service ). Approximate Age at time of MLB Debut: 16 years, 10 months.Played last MLB game at age 24
    Don Hasenmayer - MLB Debut: 5/2/1945 (Phillies 1945-1946). Approximate age at time of MLB Debut: 18 years, 1 month. Played last MLB game at age 19.


    In early November 2018 - Bob Miller, 92 and Cut Simmons, 89 are the only remaining survivors of the 1950 Phillies team.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-07-2018, 09:31 PM.

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