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RIP Chuck Diering - almost a Brownie twice

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  • RIP Chuck Diering - almost a Brownie twice

    Chuck Diering has died.

    Chuck was "almost a Brownie" as we say, twice. A graduate of Beaumont High in St. Louis (same H.S. as Roy Sievers), he was recruited by both the Cardinals and Browns. But the Cards had the advantage "because a friend’s dad worked for the organization as a scout."

    Then on November 30, 1953, he was purchased by the franchise which had only 13 days earlier changed its name to the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc. (Of course the last St. Louis shareholder suit had been dismissed by Judge Duggan on October 28, 1953 ... so everyone had been simply waiting for the other shoe to drop.)

    As it was, it was small satisfaction for heartbroke St. Louis fans that the first Orioles team MVP in history ... was a born and raised St. Louisan ... and a former Cardinal on the tail-end of his career, Chuck!

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