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JoeC
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« on: August 10, 2020, 12:45:58 PM »

Downer of a topic but, here's a list of players who arrived, or played, in MLB between 1950-65 and who have died this year thus far (we've already discussed Johnny Antonelli, Eddie Kasko, Al Kaline, Jimmy Wynn, and Don Larsen):

Glenn Beckert
Jim Bolger
Frank Bolling
Horace Clarke
Gil Coan
Ed Fitzgerald
Carroll Hardy
Dick Hyde
Bobby Locke
Mike McCormick
Bob Oliver
Don Pavletich
Mike Ryan
Hal Smith
Tony Taylor

To add a quick trivia question, of those 15 players listed (starting with Beckert), what 3 had the longest MLB career as a player?

As a clue, I'll tell you that all three of their careers covered three decades (50s/60s/70s) and give you who they originally came up to the big leagues with: (1) Cubs; (2) NY Giants; (3) Reds.






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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 08:23:59 PM »

Longest careers-McCormick,Beckert, Oliver. A couple  trivia items--Hardy was only player to PH  for Williams.
Ed Fitzgerald's brother  was my daughter's middle school principal.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2020, 07:11:38 AM »

Doc, interesting trivia.

Most all of these guys had long careers. Most 9 yrs or better.

Mike McCormick is correct! He had the second longest of all on the list, 15 years -- won 130+ games from 1956-1971.

Oliver and Beckert were not in the top three. The top player here played for 18 seasons! The third longest was 14 years.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2020, 11:00:43 AM »

McCormick for sure. And Taylor (Cubs). I only could muster those 2 guesses until I saw the hint - Reds - which makes me think Pavletich was the 3rd. he came up and down and in and out for a long time as i recall. Beckert never played in the 50's - no way. He and his mate Kessinger came up "well into" the early 60's. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 11:03:06 AM »

Tony Taylor HAS to be one of them!  He's the only one I remember playing in the 1950s (He started with my Cubs, and was a highly-touted speed demon, who I also remember being an effective player in the 1970s.  I would guess the 3rd might be Don Pavletich, who I remembr coming up for a few cups of cofee as a teenager for The Reds during the late 1950s, and playing for The White Sox in the late 1960s.  I don't remember him making it to the 1970s.   But he never played much.  He was a back up catcher  (mostly in the bullpen.  He didn't get much wear-and-tear on his body, and late in his career, he was more like a pitching coach.  So, he might still have been around in with some team who had an ironman catcher, in 1970 (I'm guessing).
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2020, 11:07:06 AM »

As for Hardy - light yellow base on his '60 Topps card - in addition to famously being the only player to PH for Teddy ballgame, he went on to become an official  with the Denver Broncos who had a hand in their famed Orange Crush defense! 
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2020, 11:09:17 AM »

McCormick for sure. And Taylor (Cubs). I only could muster those 2 guesses until I saw the hint - Reds - which makes me think Pavletich was the 3rd. he came up and down and in and out for a long time as i recall. Beckert never played in the 50's - no way. He and his mate Kessinger came up "well into" the early 60's. 

This is embarrassing.  It shows what a slow typist I am!   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2020, 11:15:59 AM »

McCormick for sure. And Taylor (Cubs). I only could muster those 2 guesses until I saw the hint - Reds - which makes me think Pavletich was the 3rd. he came up and down and in and out for a long time as i recall. Beckert never played in the 50's - no way. He and his mate Kessinger came up "well into" the early 60's. 

This is embarrassing.  It shows what a slow typist I am!   Grin

Me too. Slow and erratic...er...error-prone.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2020, 12:54:19 PM »

You both nailed the last two.

Tony Taylor played from 1958-76. I shorted him a year so he actually played 19 years -- 3 with the Cubs, 10 with the Phils, 3 with the Tigers, and then back to Philadelphia for his last 3 (1974-76). 2007 career hits, .261 BA. Signed in 1954 out of Cuba by the NY Giants as a projected 3B.

Don Pavletich goes to show decent Catchers have always been a marketable commodity. He played 13 seasons. Never a full-time regular (looks like he usually platooned), his best year might've been with the Reds in 1965 -- 218 AB, hit .319 with 8 HR and 32 RBI.  Lifetime .254 batter.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2020, 12:11:57 AM »

Hardy  reminds me of ONLY  guy to PH for Aaron-- Mike Lum.Hawaiian--& founder of Lums  beer steamed hot dogs--just kidding on the last one.

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