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Frank Torre and Jack Dittmer, former Milwaukee Braves players, pass away

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  • Frank Torre and Jack Dittmer, former Milwaukee Braves players, pass away

    Frank Torre played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1956 to 1960. In 1958, he hit .309 with 42 walks and only 14 strikeouts in 372 at-bats.

    He was the ultimate “big Brother”.

    Frank Torre, who provided guidance, fierce loyalty, tough love and inspiration to his brother Joe from childhood in Brooklyn to world championship glory in the Bronx, has died. He was 82 and had been living with a transplanted heart for 18 years.
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    Jack Dittmer played for Milwaukee from 1953 to 1956 (and spent a year with the Boston Braves in 1952). He, too, was tough to strikeout - in 102 at-bats in 1956, he Ked only 8 times. He died in May, but his death was never reported in this forum.

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former University of Iowa three-sport letterwinner John D. "Jack" Dittmer passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the age of 86.

    Dittmer, a nine-time letterwinner in baseball, football and basketball, was first-team All-Big Ten, second-team All-America and co-captain of the Big Ten champion Iowa baseball team in 1949. In football, he earned all-conference and second-team AP Big Ten honors in 1948 after leading Iowa in scoring. A year later, he was tabbed as Iowa's most valuable player after setting a Big Ten single-season record for receiving yards. He lettered in basketball in 1950.

    Upon graduation, Dittmer signed a professional baseball contract in 1950 with the Boston Braves. By 1952, he was called up to the majors, and he played with the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-56. Dittmer played in Major League Baseball for five years and three days.
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