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  • The Van Cuyk brothers

    I'm curious to hear more about Chris and Johnny from Wisconsin. They didn't make much of a mark in the majors. How come? They were big (especially Chris) and, it would seem, talented.

    I'd also like to know about who scouted them.

  • #2
    The Dodgers scout who signed both was one Tom Downey.

    "You couldn't miss Downey, who barreled into town driving his two-door, baby blue Cadillac. Former players claim he kept a liquor cabinet in the trunk. When the Dodgers played in the 1947 World Series, Downey had originally signed four of their starters. In 1944, Downey had signed a promising multi-sport athlete from Compton, Duke Snider.

    Downey was a former Mexican League pitcher with a reputation for making deals under the table, according to players who knew him."

    http://www.klimaink.com/baseballwrit...lofthecentury/
    Last edited by VIBaseball; 01-14-2009, 06:15 AM. Reason: info on Tom Downey

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    • #3
      I remember reading a story about the day the Dodgers were riding plate umpire Tom Gorman--one of the greats--and he decided he had to throw out someone. But since he wasn't sure which ones were riding him, he decided to pick someone who wouldn't really hurt the team, so he yelled, "Van Cuyk, out!" Nobody moved. He repeated himself. Nobody moved. Then Charlie Dressen walked out to the plate and said, "Tom, if you want to throw him out, you'll have to go to St. Paul, because that's where we sent him yesterday." I don't know if it's true, but it's a great story anyway!

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      • #4
        Johnny Van Cuyk

        Reading up on older brother Johnny, he played in the Indians system in 1940 and 1941 before going into the service (so we can add him to that military thread). He was there for three and a half years and then joined the Paramount Cubs -- a semi-pro team organized by the movie studio that entertained wounded soldiers, among other things. It was after his strong performance there that Tom Downey signed him for the Dodgers.

        He had a great year for Fort Worth in 1946 but only got three cups of coffee with the big club from 1947-49. He ended his pro career in 1953, but it looks like he continued for a while in the semi-pro Southern Minnesota league:

        http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=4&gl=us

        John lived in Rochester, Minnesota for many years...and as far as I can tell, he is still alive. So the list of living Dodgers is in need of amendment.
        Last edited by VIBaseball; 01-17-2009, 09:34 AM. Reason: Note on Southern Minny league and today

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael Green View Post
          I remember reading a story about the day the Dodgers were riding plate umpire Tom Gorman--one of the greats--and he decided he had to throw out someone. But since he wasn't sure which ones were riding him, he decided to pick someone who wouldn't really hurt the team, so he yelled, "Van Cuyk, out!" Nobody moved. He repeated himself. Nobody moved. Then Charlie Dressen walked out to the plate and said, "Tom, if you want to throw him out, you'll have to go to St. Paul, because that's where we sent him yesterday." I don't know if it's true, but it's a great story anyway!
          This anecdote is part of a couple of books, Michael, including this one:

          http://books.google.com/books?id=Kau...um=6&ct=result

          This version seems to be pretty fuzzy on the facts. It cites John and the Texas League, which I think is off on both counts, given that Dressen was the manager.

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          • #6
            Johnny Van Cuyk passes away

            http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-3...ackie-Robinson

            Another Brooklyn Dodger down. Van Cuyk pitched in parts of three seasons for the Dodgers while going in between Brooklyn and Montreal. His brother Chris also pitched for the Dodgers and is noted for having an altercation with Jackie Robinson during an intrasquad game.
            Baseball Happenings
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            • #7
              Bumping and merging.

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