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  • Lee Pfund, former Dodgers pitcher, passes away

    Lee Pfund played for the Dodgers in 1945, going 3-2 with a 5.20 ERA in 15 games (10 starts).

    MIAMI
    Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Lee Pfund has died. He was 96.

    Pfund was the father of former Los Angeles Lakers coach and Miami Heat general manager Randy Pfund. The Heat announced Lee Pfund's death on Friday.
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    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/ar...#storylink=cpy

    Lee Pfund pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, but is more famous as a baskeball coach. He compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head basketball coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.

    His son Randy Pfund is general manager of the NBA basketball team the Miami Heat. His sons John and Kerry were basketball stars at Wheaton College.

    Lee Pfund was the baseball coach for Wheaton College for 26 years; he was also an assistant football and basketball coach in 1943-44. A knee injury kept him out of the service during World War II, and he pitched for the Dodgers with a "no Sunday" contract.


    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Lee_Pfund

  • #2
    Lee Pfund was either the oldest living Dodger or the second oldest living Dodger until passing away this week.
    I have an old baseball encyclopedia that gives his birthday as October 1918, meaning that he was already 97 and thus was the oldest living Dodger.
    Officially, he was 96, according to Wikipedia, born in October 1919. That made him two months younger than Dodgers World War Two era outfielder, Luis Olmo.
    Both Pfund and Olmo were among the 10 oldest living major leaguers and they were teammates on the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers. Olmo had an all-star like year in '45 with 110 RBI . Unfortunately, it came in the only year since 1933 where the all-star game was not played. Pfund was a rookie that year, who went 3-2 in limited pitching opportunities.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 06-08-2016, 10:12 PM.

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    • #3
      With his passing, Bill Mills becomes the 10th-oldest living player at 96.

      Just seven players who debuted in 1945 are still living now:

      Dave Ferriss
      Don Hasenmayer
      Johnny Hetki
      Ed Mierkowicz
      Red Schoendienst
      Milt Welch
      Jose Zardon

      Just four players from that 1945 Dodgers team remain: Eddie Basinski, Ralph Branca, Tommy Brown and Olmo.

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