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  • Danny Kravitz, Lou Sleater and Virgil Trucks, former KC Athletics players, pass away

    Catcher Danny Kravitz played for Kansas City in 1960, his final season. He was traded to the team partway through the year and earned considerable starting time as he, Pete Daley and Harry Chiti platooned at the position. In 59 games, he hit .234 with four home runs.

    Daniel Kravitz, age 82, of Dushore, PA passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Geisinger Medical Center.

    Danny was born in Lopez on December 21, 1930, a son of the late John and Eva Hubiak Kravitz. He graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the class of 1948. Then the 18 year old son of Russian immigrant parents, who started playing baseball at age 16 in the Bradco Sullivan League, boarded a bus that was taking him out of Pennsylvania to begin a new era in his education. He was bound for Greenville, AL, a site of a tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He remembered that of the 500 kids attending, 60 were signed by the Pirates farm team organization and he was one of seven that eventually made it to the major leagues.
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    http://www.homerfuneralhome.com/fh/o...74&fh_id=13186

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    Lou Sleater pitched in 16 games for the Athletics in 1955, going 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. His lone win that year came against Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn and the rest of the Detroit Tigers.

    Louis Mortimer Sleater, a standout high school athlete who ended his seven-year major league pitching career with the Baltimore Orioles and was later a steel salesman, died of lung disease Monday at his Timonium home. He was 86.
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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obi...,7712641.story

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    Virgil Trucks pitched mostly in relief for the Athletics in 1957 and 1958, going 9-8 with a 2.87 ERA in 64 games, allowing only 124 hits in 138 innings. He did start seven games for Kansas City, but despite pitching well, won only one of them.

    His first name was Virgil, his nickname was "Fire."

    "Fire" Trucks was the nickname an Alabama sportswriter gave him. And it stuck.

    Former Tiger Virgil Trucks died Saturday evening near his home in Calera, Ala, outside Birmingham, his daughter told The Detroit News. He was 95.
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    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2OVqB5CbC

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    Sorry to hear about the passing of Danny Kravitz. I definitely owned a couple of his baseball cards as a kid.

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      Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
      Catcher Danny Kravitz played for Kansas City in 1960, his final season. He was traded to the team partway through the year and earned considerable starting time as he, Pete Daley and Harry Chiti platooned at the position. In 59 games, he hit .234 with four home runs.



      Read more:

      http://www.homerfuneralhome.com/fh/o...74&fh_id=13186

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      Lou Sleater pitched in 16 games for the Athletics in 1955, going 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. His lone win that year came against Al Kaline, Harvey Kuenn and the rest of the Detroit Tigers.



      Read more:

      http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obi...,7712641.story

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      Virgil Trucks pitched mostly in relief for the Athletics in 1957 and 1958, going 9-8 with a 2.87 ERA in 64 games, allowing only 124 hits in 138 innings. He did start seven games for Kansas City, but despite pitching well, won only one of them.



      Read more:

      http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2OVqB5CbC
      Virgil Trucks was the uncle of Allman Brothers' drummer Butch Trucks.

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