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  • Cowtipper
    started a topic The Living 1950 Phillies

    The Living 1950 Phillies

    Only three players from the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies are still alive. That team won the National League pennant, but could not vanquish the Yankees in the Fall Classic.

    Those three players are: Bob Miller (90), Curt Simmons (87) and Paul Stuffel (89).

    Bob Miller was an effective starter for the club during the regular season, going 11-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 35 games (21 starts). He bombed in his only Fall Classic start, however, giving up two runs before getting the hook after just 1/3 of an inning.

    Curt Simmons, just 21 years old in 1950, was the team's second-best pitcher behind Robin Roberts. He went 17-8 with a 3.40 ERA that year. He did not pitch in the World Series.

    Paul Stuffel pitched three games for the Phillies in 1950, posting a 1.80 ERA in relief. He did not play in the World Series, and made only four more major league appearances in his career. One of his three 1950 strikeout victims was Pee Wee Reese.

    EDIT: Putsy Caballero died December 8, 2016.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 12-08-2016, 09:19 PM.

  • philliesfiend55
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    With the death of pitcher, Paul Stuffel on Sept. 9, 2018 only starting pitchers Bob Miller and Curt Simmons remain with us. Miller went 11-6 and Simmons went 17-9 in 1950.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Thus concludes the Philadelphia Blue Jays era, with Caballero the last living player from it.
    Blue Jay Way: The Philadelphia Blue Jays seasons: 1943-1944.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-09-2016, 12:12 PM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Now just three Whiz Kids remain and only two if you're talking about the core 25 man roster, since Paul Stuffel, 89, was only a September call up back in '50 at age 23.
    Just Bob Miller, 90 and Curt Simmons, 87, the youngest of all players who played for the Phillies in 1950, remain from the core roster. Simmons began the 1950 season at age 20, turning 21 one month into the season on May 19. He had a breakout season going 17-8 in 1950, until his Army reserves unit was activated at the start of the Korean War. Miller got into exactly one game in 1949, throwing 3 innings in relief in his major leagues debut. He was runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year in 1950 with a 11-6 record, a nice contribution from a previously unknown prospect and at the all-star game break of '50 he was a perfect 8-0.
    Don Hasenmayer, 89, is now the lone living player to have played for the Phillies before the end of World War Two. He played third baseman for the Phillies in parts of 1945 and 1946.
    Caballero was listed by Wikipedia as one of the 100 oldest currently living major leaguers until the time of his passing (98th oldest). For a brief time the bottom four of the 100 oldest living players had been Phillies for at least part of their careers (97. Jim Greengrass. 98. Ralph 'Putsy' Caballero. 99. Tommy Brown. 100 Bob Oldis.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-09-2016, 09:07 PM.

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  • Cowtipper
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    Thus concludes the Philadelphia Blue Jays era, with Caballero the last living player from it.

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  • Macker
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    Caballero died today.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Ralph "Putsy" Caballero (MLB Debut: 9/14/1944) and Don Hasenmayer (MLB Debut: 5/2/1945) are the last living players to have played for the Phillies before the end of World War Two. Both were signed by the team, partly because they were under age for the military draft. Caballero (born: 11/5/1927) was 16 years and 10 months of age when he made his major leagues debut and Hasenmayer (born 4/4/1927) was not quite 18 years and one month of age when he debuted a year later. Both are age 89 today. (Hasenmayer: 89 years, 8 months); Caballero (89 years, 1 month).

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  • philliesfiend55
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    ie: 'Curt Simmons - 2nd best pitcher on 1950 Phillies' (according to the OP). Even though he had made his MLB debut on 9/28/1947, he was still just 20 when the 1950 season started (he turned 21 on May 19), and he was the youngest of all players to appear for the Phillies in games in 1950.
    Actually, Simmons led Robin Roberts in wins 17 to 16 at the time his National Guard unit was activated, ending Simmons' season. You might say he was their best starter. Their best overall pitcher, according to the baseball writers at that time, was reliever Jim Konstanty, who was voted the National League's 1950 Most Valuable Player.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-05-2016, 01:38 AM.

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  • Cowtipper
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    Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    Curt Simmons didn't pitch in the 1950 World Series. He was on active duty with his National Guard unit.

    He pitched in the 1964 World Series for the Cardinals.
    Good catch, thanks.

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  • EdTarbusz
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    Curt Simmons didn't pitch in the 1950 World Series. He was on active duty with his National Guard unit.

    He pitched in the 1964 World Series for the Cardinals.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Ralph 'Putsy' Caballero turns 89 tomorrow.

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