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  • #61
    February 5, 2019: RHP -- AL 'RED' WORTHINGTON (NY GIANTS 1953-1954; 1956-1957) turned 90 years old today.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
      Updated list:


      Wayne Terwilliger- 6/27/1925 (1955-1956)
      Billy Gardner- 7/19/1927 (1954-1955)
      Al Worthington- 2/5/1929 (1953- 1954;1956-1957)
      Joe Margoneri- 1/13/1930 (1956-1957)
      Ron Samford- 2/28/1930 (1954)

      Johnny Antonelli-4/12/1930 (1954-1957)
      Pete Burnside-7/2/1930 (1955, 1957)
      Foster Castleman- 1/1/1931 (1954-1957)
      Willie Mays- 5/6/1931-(1951-1952; 1954-1957)
      Ray Crone- 8/7/1931 (1957)
      Ed Bressoud- 5/2/1932 (1956-1957)

      Ozzie Virgil,Sr.- 5/17/1933 (1956-1957)
      Joe Amalfitano- 1/23/1934 (1954-1955)
      Bill White-1/28/1934 (1956)
      Jackie Brandt- 4/28/1934 (1956)
      Mike McCormick-9/29/1938 (1956-1957)

      Only 16 left by my (Cowtipper's - CE) count.
      Former NY Giant Gil Coan has passed away per Baseball Reference,com

      https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...coangi01.shtml
      Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 02-07-2020, 04:13 PM.

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      • #63
        Up until Gil Coan's death on February 4, 2020, he was the third oldest living major leaguer. Coan was about 97 years and 8 1/2 months of age when he passed away.

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        • #64
          After the death of Gil Coan, the oldest living New York Giant becomes Wayne Terwilliger, who ranks as the 10th oldest living major leaguer at 94 years and 5 months of age.
          Terwilliger played 9 major league seasons in a 12 year time period from 1949 to 1960, hitting .240 in more than 660 major league games.
          His teams in chronological order were 1949-1951: Chicago Cubs; 1951: Brooklyn Dodgers; 1953-1954: Washington Senators; 1955-1956: NEW YORK GIANTS; & 1959-1960: Kansas City Athletics.
          He was a Utility Infielder, whose best position was second baseman. Terwilliger had two seasons where he was his team's everyday second baseman: 1950, when he hit 10 home runs for the Cubs and 1953, when he hit .252 for the Senators.

          There are four living new York Giants who have reached the age of 90. INF Wayne Terwilliger 94 years. 5 Mos.; SS Billy Gardner 92 years. 6 mos.; Pitcher, Al Worthington: 91 years, 0 mos. and pitcher, Joe Margoneri 90 years, 1 month.
          Last edited by 1954 Phils; 02-07-2020, 10:46 PM.

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          • #65
            It is been a while since I have updated this thread- other good people have carried the torch for me- but it is great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Johnny Antonelli this morning. Johnny started out his career as a high-priced bonus baby for Lou Perini's Boston Braves, but met with his greatest success when he was traded to the Giants in early 1954. He became the ace of the staff, going 21-7 to lead the Giants to the National League pennant, and, ultimately the World Series, winning Game 2 and posting a save in Game 4. He won 20 games for a bad Giants team in 1956- and told me once that he thought that was a better achievement because the team wasn't that good- they only won 67 games that year and the next best pitcher won only seven games. In all, he won 108 of 126 victories as a Giant.

            I was lucky to meet him and talk to him several times over the years about a long standing project of mine, and he could not have been kinder or more gracious. I last spoke to him just two weeks ago, and he was still sharp and funny, just the way I remember him.

            My heart goes out to his widow, Gail, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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            • #66
              Great Giants LHP Johnny Antonelli came to the NY Giants in a February 1954 trade where the chief players were Antonelli going to the Giants from the Milwaukee Braves , while 1951 Game 3 Playoff Hero, Bobby Thompson went to the Braves. Antonelli died less than one and a half months shy of his 90th birthday.
              Antonelli was part of the Braves 1949 all 19-year-old battery: Pitcher: Antonelli and rookie Catcher, Del Crandall. Johnny was a five time all-star. He won 20 games twice and 19 games once. He was 126-110 lifetime for the Boston Braves 1948-1950; Military Service: 1951 & 1952; Milwaukee Braves: 1953; NY Giants: 1954-1957; San Francisco Giants: 1958-1960; Cleveland Indians: 1961
              He considered returning for the 1962 season, but retired at the very premature age of 32.

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              • #67
                Updated list as of 2-29-20:


                Wayne Terwilliger
                - 6/27/1925 (1955-1956)


                Billy Gardner
                - 7/19/1927 (1954-1955)


                Al Worthington
                - 2/5/1929 (1953- 1954;1956-1957)


                Joe Margoneri
                - 1/13/1930 (1956-1957)


                Ron Samford
                - 2/28/1930 (1954)



                Pete Burnside
                -7/2/1930 (1955, 1957)


                Foster Castleman
                - 1/1/1931 (1954-1957)


                Willie Mays
                - 5/6/1931-(1951-1952; 1954-1957)


                Ray Crone
                - 8/7/1931 (1957)


                Ed Bressoud
                - 5/2/1932 (1956-1957)



                Ozzie Virgil,Sr.
                - 5/17/1933 (1956-1957)


                Joe Amalfitano
                - 1/23/1934 (1954-1955)


                Bill White
                -1/28/1934 (1956)


                Jackie Brandt
                - 4/28/1934 (1956)
                Only 15 left by
                (Cowtipper's - CE's)
                count.

                With Mike McCormick's passing 6-16-20 (RIP), sadly only 14 former NY Giants players remain.


                https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...ccormi03.shtml

                Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 06-18-2020, 12:06 AM.

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by Calif_Eagle View Post
                  Updated list as of 2-29-20:



                  Wayne Terwilliger
                  - 6/27/1925 (1955-1956)



                  Billy Gardner
                  - 7/19/1927 (1954-1955)



                  Al Worthington
                  - 2/5/1929 (1953- 1954;1956-1957)



                  Joe Margoneri
                  - 1/13/1930 (1956-1957)



                  Ron Samford
                  - 2/28/1930 (1954)




                  Pete Burnside
                  -7/2/1930 (1955, 1957)



                  Foster Castleman
                  - 1/1/1931 (1954-1957)



                  Willie Mays
                  - 5/6/1931-(1951-1952; 1954-1957)



                  Ray Crone
                  - 8/7/1931 (1957)



                  Ed Bressoud
                  - 5/2/1932 (1956-1957)




                  Ozzie Virgil,Sr.
                  - 5/17/1933 (1956-1957)



                  Joe Amalfitano
                  - 1/23/1934 (1954-1955)



                  Bill White
                  -1/28/1934 (1956)



                  Jackie Brandt
                  - 4/28/1934 (1956)



                  Mike McCormick
                  -9/29/1938 (1956-1957)
                  Only 15 left by
                  (Cowtipper's - CE's)
                  count.

                  With Johnny Antonelli's passing, sadly only 15 former NY Giants players remain.

                  https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...antonjo02.shtm

                  Here are the rankings in age of the 15 living NY Giants players among all living major league players as of 3/4/2020: (according to the baseball-alamac..com 500 oldest living MLB players list).
                  9. Terwilliger. 28. Gardner. 55. Worthington. 70. Margoneri. 73. Samford. 81. Burnside. 94. Castleman. 100. Mays. 109. Crone. 131. Bressoud. 134. Virgil Sr. 186. Amalfitano. 189. White.
                  201. Brandt. 422. McCormick.
                  Last edited by 1954 Phils; 03-04-2020, 12:55 AM.

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                  • #69
                    I always feel horrible whenever I have to update this list, but I am very sad to announce the passing of Mike McCormick. Mike was signed by the Giants as a high-priced "bonus baby" at age 17, not long after a standout performance in the Hearst Sandlot Classic at the Polo Grounds. He pitched for the Giants until 1962, when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He spent time in the minors, was traded to the Senators, then returned to the Giants in late 1966. The following year, he won 22 games for the Giants, and became the first Giant to win the Cy Young award, and was the only Giant to win it until Tim Lincecum won back-to-back Cy Young awards over 40 years later. He would win 134 games in the majors, and was one of a select few to play for the Giants on both coasts.
                    In the early 2000's, I saw Mike at the Giants Community Fund Golf Classic, and it was a treat to have coffee with him as he regaled me with tales of his Giants career. Years later, Mike was our guest of honor at a luncheon of our New York Giants group. My girlfriend and I picked up Mike at the airport, and he was sharp, funny, and treated us to a treasure trove of stories. We brought him back to the airport as well. He was a true gentleman, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Dierdre, his children, grandchildren, and the rest of his family.

                    Sadly, that leaves us with just 14 men who played for the Giants in New York.

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