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    I have just learned that Mrs. Joe (Zanette) Hatten is quite ill. Sylvia Hatten, her daughter-in-law, has asked that I post this information on OUR Forum in the hope that some nice (and encouraging) emails from OUR Brooklyn Dodger Faithful will lift her spirits and perhaps work a miracle. Sylvia tells me that Mrs. Hatten recently received a letter from a young man who told her that JOE was his hero. It obviously made Mrs. Hatten's day! She was simply amazed that this young man even knew who Joe was, but it did wonders for her spirit.

    BROOKLYN DODGER FANS are FAMILY to OUR Players and their Families. As such, in times when FAMILY needs US, WE rally to their side....just as WE did at OUR EBBETS FIELD when OUR DODGERS needed US.

    It would be wonderful for Mrs. Hatten to receive a warm note from each of US. She can reached at this email address: [email protected]

    Your kindness toward OUR Family is very much appreciated.

    If you have any questions, please let me know.

    c.

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    Mrs. Joe Hatten needs OUR help!

    Here's a newspaper article from 1953 minor league game in the Pacific Coast League, where the biggest brawl in baseball history happened that day and Joe Hatten was involved.

    http://www.sportshollywood.com/starsangelsbrawl.html
    Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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    • #3
      Thank you..........

      To everyone who has sent get well wishes to my mother-in-law Zanette Hatten (AKA Zee) - THANK YOU! She keeps the letters by her side and shares them with her friends and visitors. We pray that she will return home one day soon. Her condition is improving, slowly, but improving! How do we keep her spirits up? For starters - we talk about their (Joe and Zee) Brooklyn Dodger days often:o Ah, the stories! We never tire of hearing about these memories, even if we have heard the same story before Again, THANK YOU and please feel free to continue to send your well wishes. Zanette sends her love and thanks to all of you! Sylvia
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      • #4
        Mrs. Joe Hatten needs OUR help!

        Here is Joe on his 1949 Bowman card from Ebay.
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        Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SYLVIA HATTEN
          To everyone who has sent get well wishes to my mother-in-law Zanette Hatten (AKA Zee) - THANK YOU! She keeps the letters by her side and shares them with her friends and visitors. We pray that she will return home one day soon. Her condition is improving, slowly, but improving! How do we keep her spirits up? For starters - we talk about their (Joe and Zee) Brooklyn Dodger days often:o Ah, the stories! We never tire of hearing about these memories, even if we have heard the same story before Again, THANK YOU and please feel free to continue to send your well wishes. Zanette sends her love and thanks to all of you! Sylvia

          Thank you for the update on Zee, Sylvia. I/WE are happy to hear that she is improving.....and that perhaps some of the encouraging words from OUR members have helped to cheer her spirit.

          I love the attached photo of ZEE and JOE. Thank you for sharing it with OUR Forum.

          Please tell Zee that WE continue to keep her in OUR thoughts.

          c.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kramer_47
            Here's a newspaper article from 1953 minor league game in the Pacific Coast League, where the biggest brawl in baseball history happened that day and Joe Hatten was involved.

            http://www.sportshollywood.com/starsangelsbrawl.html
            After all these years we still chuckle at this story. Following that infamous brawl - Joe received a feather duster and a boxing glove as gifts from some Los Angeles sportswriters! Joe (AKA Lefty Joe) and Frankie Kelleher actually became roommates that same year while training in Cuba!

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            • #7
              Mrs. Joe Hatten needs OUR help!

              Originally posted by SYLVIA HATTEN
              After all these years we still chuckle at this story. Following that infamous brawl - Joe received a feather duster and a boxing glove as gifts from some Los Angeles sportswriters! Joe (AKA Lefty Joe) and Frankie Kelleher actually became roommates that same year while training in Cuba!
              I didn't know if you knew about the brawl, I'm glad it brought back happy memories to you. I hope Zanette is doing better and coming home soon.
              Lets support Gil Hodges for The Hall of Fame, a true Hall of Famer.

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              • #8
                trade to Cubs?

                I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Hatten's illness, and I hope she recovers very soon; Joe was one of the stalwarts on the team when I was very young, but I remember him like it was yesterday. I also recall the big mid-season 1951 trade with the Cubs, and the photo of Joe and the other ex-Dodgers posing with him in the Cubs' dugout the day after the trade. I wonder how Mr. and Mrs. Hatten feld about being traded to Chicago. While Andy Pafko was the key pickup for the Dodgers in that trade and he was an excellent player, as Eddie Miksis pointed out many years later it was after the trade that the Dodgers' big lead over the Giants began to fritter away.

                By the way, I believe I have (somewhere; I hope I am able to find it) a 1951 Chicago Cubs yearbook, revised after the trade, with a bio and picture of Joe in a Cub uniform. If it would cheer her up, I would be more than happy to send her a copy.

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                  (ebay)

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                  • #10
                    "Every town had its hero," said Bill Dudding, Bancroft's baseball historian. "Lefty was our hero. Everyone went to the game when he was pitching."

                    Here's a link to a nice article with good photos too.
                    http://desmoinesregister.com/sports/...ll/hatten.html
                    Last edited by zman; 04-04-2006, 11:04 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lprof
                      I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Hatten's illness, and I hope she recovers very soon; Joe was one of the stalwarts on the team when I was very young, but I remember him like it was yesterday. I also recall the big mid-season 1951 trade with the Cubs, and the photo of Joe and the other ex-Dodgers posing with him in the Cubs' dugout the day after the trade. I wonder how Mr. and Mrs. Hatten feld about being traded to Chicago. While Andy Pafko was the key pickup for the Dodgers in that trade and he was an excellent player, as Eddie Miksis pointed out many years later it was after the trade that the Dodgers' big lead over the Giants began to fritter away.

                      By the way, I believe I have (somewhere; I hope I am able to find it) a 1951 Chicago Cubs yearbook, revised after the trade, with a bio and picture of Joe in a Cub uniform. If it would cheer her up, I would be more than happy to send her a copy.
                      Thank you Lprof! :atthepc Like you, Zanette remembers those days like they were yesterday. We couldn't be more proud of Joe, even in a Cubs uniform. I would love to show Zanette a copy of the picture you mentioned. But, of course, nothing compares to seeing Joe in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. He remained friends with his BD buddies, so I'm sure that the move to the Cubs was a difficult one. He was a very generous man, and gave away lots of his memorabilia to fans. Unfortunately, he even had items stolen. I recall one story of how one of his award clocks was taken in to a repair shop and someone stole the engraved nameplate off of the clock!!

                      As for how did they feel about the trade - Zanette told me that she was having lunch with some of the other players wives when Joe called to inform her of the trade. She said that the wives cried together and she spent the rest of the day in the comfort of her friends. It was truly a family! Since Joe isn't with us today to share his thoughts, I will continue to hope that his trade wasn't as painful as I assume it must have been One thing I have learned is that the Brooklyn Dodgers cannot be compared, replaced...or forgotten.

                      Update on Zanette - she remains in the rehab hospital. She has improved, however, she/we were informed yesterday that she cannot return home. We are in the process of decision making. These days aren't easy ones, so your letters and posts are of great comfort. There are some special people from this forum who have made a world of difference in lifting Zee's spirts. Our family is grateful to all of you. Thanks again! Sylvia.

                      P.S. I left you a PM.

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                      • #12
                        I sure wish her all the best and hope she can be cared for at home. We are taking care of my Mom here who was a big baseball fan. The Brooklyn Dodgers were America's team and many of us will always remember them that way. Joe Hatten served his country and his ball clubs with distinction I know. God bless and I hope she has some happy days still ahead of her, those baseball memories of a fine man and fine ballplayer will keep her going!

                        T.
                        Last edited by Timbones; 06-14-2006, 07:08 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Please add my name to the long list of posters here who pray for her at this difficult time.

                          The Brooklyn Dodgers are long gone, but the generosity of spirit among their fans will never die until the last of us does.

                          God bless!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EbtsFldGuy
                            Please add my name to the long list of posters here who pray for her at this difficult time.

                            The Brooklyn Dodgers are long gone, but the generosity of spirit among their fans will never die until the last of us does.

                            God bless!
                            Don't worry, i won't be going for another 80 years. And my kids will know everything I know and they'll pass it down to their kids. The Brooklyn Dodger spirit will never die. Send my prayers to Mrs. Hatten. We're all pulling for her.
                            "It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first."

                            -Jackie Robinson

                            55 and 56 chmps.... The two headed monster

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                            • #15
                              Finally - an update with better news.....................Zanette(Zee) has returned home!!!! Her strength improved and she was able to get back in the game!! Thank you to everyone who has contacted us regarding her condition. We pray that she continues to improve. Zee asked me to send her heartfelt THANKS to all of you. She is just thrilled to hear about the Brooklyn Dodger spirit. My husband and I recently attended a Hatten Family Reunion (Iowa). We stayed in Joe's hometown, where he got his start in baseball. It felt as if we took a step back in time because this entire town adored Joe and went to great efforts to welcome us. Every oldtimer had a Brooklyn Dodger story to share. Our next stop..........Brooklyn.
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