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    La Schelle Tarver, an outfielder who played in 13 games for the Red Sox in 1986. 65 years old. Surprisingly, I do not remember him.


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    He could have gotten a World Series ring in 1986 had Boston won that series.

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    With the signing of Jerry Grote and La Schelle Tarver, the roster now stands at 25 and the team has decided to break camp. 26 will be ultimate size of the active roster, but the team is anxious to begin their barnstorming tour.

    Grote is a 2 time All-Star catcher and a member of the 1969 Mets World Championship team. He projects as the team's starting catcher and would be one of the more experienced bats in the lineup at this time.

    Tarver, though inexperienced, fills a much needed hole in the Outfield. He expects to battle for playing time in the outfield with Don Lasetter until the roster adds additional experience at the position.

    C - Hector Ortiz (0.9)
    C - Ed Ott (5.9)
    C - Bill Plummer (-4.1)
    C - Jerry Grote (15.0)
    2B - Steve Staggs (0.6)
    SS/2B - Bud Harrelson (20.3)
    SS/2B - Jimy Williams (-0.2)
    SS/2B - U. L. Washington (9.2)
    3B/2B/SS - Billy Gardner (3.1)
    OF - Don Lassetter (0.0)
    OF - Brant Alyea (1.5)
    OF - La Schelle Tarver (-0.5)
    SP - Don Gullett (18.2)
    SP/RP - Art (Red) Swanson (-0.2)
    SP/RP - Al McBean (15.0)
    SP/RP - Jim Hannan (1.0)
    SP/RP - Jose DeLeon (15.0)
    SP/RP - Larry Demery (2.4)
    SP/RP - Jim McAndrew (6.0)
    SP/RP - Pat Zachry (10.7)
    RP - Chuck Seelbach (1.7)
    RP - John Pregenzer (-0.6)
    RP - Tom Qualters (-0.1)
    RP - Wayne Schurr (0.4)
    PR - John Oldham (Undefined)

    The team is heavy in pitching and catching. Player/Manager Jimy Williams will ask a couple of his catchers to play elsewhere to start the season. Ed Ott, with 9 career games in the outfield will be asked to play there at the beginning of the season in order to get his bat in the lineup. Hector Ortiz, with 1 career game at First Base, will be asked to fill in there until the team signs a more experienced First Bagger.

    Williams plans to start the season with a fairly steady lineup, shunning the platoon system in order to keep his most experienced bats in the lineup. That approach could change down the road if more experienced hitters are signed. But, as it stands, the team will be offensively challenged and very dependent on the pitching staff keeping them in the game.

    The pitching staff, while solid in spots, is lacking in left-handed arms, as Don Gullet, the current ace of the staff, is the only southpaw. In addition, the team has asked Al McBean, who would normally be a solid middle of the rotation arm, to fill in as closer until a more experience back of the bullpen option is signed. McBean does has 63 career saves.

    Regular Lineup
    U. L. Washington - 2B (S)
    Bud Harrelson - SS (S)
    Ed Ott - LF (L)
    Brant Alyea - RF (R)
    Steve Staggs - DH (R)
    Jerry Grote - C (R)
    Hector Ortiz - 1B (R)
    Billy Gardner - 3B (R)
    La Schelle Tarver - CF (L)

    Bench
    Bill Plummer - C (R)
    Jimy Williams - 2B/SS/Mgr (R)
    Don Lassetter - OF (R)
    John Oldham - PR (R)

    Starting Pitchers
    Don Gullet (L)
    Jose DeLeon (R)
    Pat Zachry (R)
    Jim McAndrew (R)
    Larry Demery (R)

    Bullpen
    Al McBean - Closer (R)
    Chuck Seelbach - Setup (R)
    Jim Hannan - Long-Man (R)
    Wayne Schurr (R)
    Red Swanson (R)
    Tom Qualters (R)
    John Pregenzer (R)
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

    Recognition Wall Update

    Manager of the Year: Jimy Williams (1999)

    World Series Champion: Ed Ott (1979); Bill Plummer (1975, 1976); Bud Harrelson (1969); Billy Gardner (1954, 1961); Don Gullett (1975, 1976, 1977); Jim McAndrew (1969); Pat Zachry (1976); Jerry Grote (1969)

    Rookie of the Year; Pat Zachry (1976)

    Gold Glove: Bud Harrelson (1971)

    All-Star: Bud Harrelson (1970, 1971); Pat Zachry (1978); Jerry Grote (1968, 1974)

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    Fritz Peterson who was part of one of the most famous trades in history in 1973. That's the year that Peterson and teammate Mike Kekich swapped wives.

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    Public Service Announcement. For whatever reason, I have a hard time posting images of these players when I post about them. I thought I had it figured out yesterday with Tarver, but today I was unable to get the site to accept any image I tried to post for Peterson.

    so, for those of you that may be more adept at that than I, don't hesitate to drop an image on here. Baseball cards and photos add a lot to the thread.

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

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    Fritz Peterson who was part of one of the most famous trades in history in 1973. That's the year that Peterson and teammate Mike Kekich swapped wives.

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

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    Fritz Peterson who was part of one of the most famous trades in history in 1973. That's the year that Peterson and teammate Mike Kekich swapped wives.

    https://niuhuskies.com/news/2024/4/1...sses-away.aspx
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    During the final game ever played at the original Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 21, 2008, ESPN reported that Peterson would forever own the all-time lowest earned run average of any pitcher in the history of the iconic ballpark at 2.52.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

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    Public Service Announcement. For whatever reason, I have a hard time posting images of these players when I post about them. I thought I had it figured out yesterday with Tarver, but today I was unable to get the site to accept any image I tried to post for Peterson.

    so, for those of you that may be more adept at that than I, don't hesitate to drop an image on here. Baseball cards and photos add a lot to the thread.
    If you've uploaded lots of images, try deleting some of the older pics first.
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    With the signing of former Yankees, Indians, and Rangers pitcher Fritz Peterson, the team has added a solid piece to the starting rotation. His signing fills the complete 26 man roster, which currently is composed of 12 position players, 13 pitchers, and a pinch-running specialist. Peterson, who is perhaps most remembered for swapping wives with teammate Mike Kekich in 1973, had a 133-131 lifetime record with a 3,30 lifetime E.R.A. Included in that tie is a stretch of 8 straight seasons of 180 or more innings to start his career, with a career high of 274 innings in 1971. A 20 game winner in 1970, he played in his only All Star Game that season.

    C - Hector Ortiz (0.9)
    C - Ed Ott (5.9)
    C - Bill Plummer (-4.1)
    C - Jerry Grote (15.0)
    2B - Steve Staggs (0.6)
    SS/2B - Bud Harrelson (20.3)
    SS/2B - Jimy Williams (-0.2)
    SS/2B - U. L. Washington (9.2)
    3B/2B/SS - Billy Gardner (3.1)
    OF - Don Lassetter (0.0)
    OF - Brant Alyea (1.5)
    OF - La Schelle Tarver (-0.5)
    SP - Don Gullett (18.2)
    SP - Fritz Peterson (21.0)
    SP/RP - Art (Red) Swanson (-0.2)
    SP/RP - Al McBean (15.0)
    SP/RP - Jim Hannan (1.0)
    SP/RP - Jose DeLeon (15.0)
    SP/RP - Larry Demery (2.4)
    SP/RP - Jim McAndrew (6.0)
    SP/RP - Pat Zachry (10.7)
    RP - Chuck Seelbach (1.7)
    RP - John Pregenzer (-0.6)
    RP - Tom Qualters (-0.1)
    RP - Wayne Schurr (0.4)
    PR - John Oldham (Undefined)

    Peterson's durability was the deciding factor in the decision to slot him into the #1 spot in the rotation, though when healthy, Don Gullett is certainly worthy to be considered the ace of the staff as well. Management considers then to be 1A and 1B, but in the end, Peterson's ability to provide more innings over the course of the year earns him the nod. The addition of Peterson to the rotation has the trickle down effect of bumping Larry Demery to the bullpen, where he will fill a role in long relief, or spot start when necessary. The rotation, which was already the best unit on the team, can now be considered a real strength, even more when you consider that Al McBean, who would be considered another very capable starter, is currently manning the role of Closer at the back end of the bullpen.

    Regular Lineup
    U. L. Washington - 2B (S)
    Bud Harrelson - SS (S)
    Ed Ott - LF (L)
    Brant Alyea - RF (R)
    Steve Staggs - DH (R)
    Jerry Grote - C (R)
    Hector Ortiz - 1B (R)
    Billy Gardner - 3B (R)
    La Schelle Tarver - CF (L)

    Bench
    Bill Plummer - C (R)
    Jimy Williams - 2B/SS/Mgr (R)
    Don Lassetter - OF (R)
    John Oldham - PR (R)

    Starting Pitchers
    Fritz Peterson (L)
    Don Gullet (L)
    Jose DeLeon (R)
    Pat Zachry (R)
    Jim McAndrew (R)


    Bullpen
    Al McBean - Closer (R)
    Chuck Seelbach - Setup (R)
    Larry Demery - Long Man (R)
    Jim Hannan - (R)
    Wayne Schurr (R)
    Red Swanson (R)
    Tom Qualters (R)
    John Pregenzer (R)

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    Recognition Wall Update

    Manager of the Year: Jimy Williams (1999)

    World Series Champion: Ed Ott (1979); Bill Plummer (1975, 1976); Bud Harrelson (1969); Billy Gardner (1954, 1961); Don Gullett (1975, 1976, 1977); Jim McAndrew (1969); Pat Zachry (1976); Jerry Grote (1969)

    Rookie of the Year; Pat Zachry (1976)

    Gold Glove: Bud Harrelson (1971)

    All-Star: Bud Harrelson (1970, 1971); Pat Zachry (1978); Jerry Grote (1968, 1974); Fritz Peterson (1970)

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

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    La Schelle Tarver, an outfielder who played in 13 games for the Red Sox in 1986. 65 years old. Surprisingly, I do not remember him.


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    https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...arvela01.shtml
    I remember watching Tarver play for the Triple-A Tidewater Tides when I was a kid.

    How fickle the baseball fates can be sometimes: He got traded from the Mets to the Red Sox late in 1985, then had to watch his old team beat his new team in the World Series the following year.

    RIP, Mr. Tarver.
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    0-2 Count outstanding job keeping what Big Klu started going. Nice that you added some cool things to it. Hopefully Big Klu will check in some and see that this is being continued.

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

    Odell Jones, pitcher for the Pirates, Rangers, Mariners, Orioles, and Brewers from 1975 through 1988. Primarily a reliever, but did start some games as well, ending with a 24-35 lifetime record.

    Can't locate an official obituary, but here is his Wiki Page with his date of death (3/20/24).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odell_Jones

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers Part Three

    Quote Originally Posted by 0-2 Count View Post
    Odell Jones, pitcher for the Pirates, Rangers, Mariners, Orioles, and Brewers from 1975 through 1988. Primarily a reliever, but did start some games as well, ending with a 24-35 lifetime record.

    Can't locate an official obituary, but here is his Wiki Page with his date of death (3/20/24).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odell_Jones
    Not really an obit but a little more info on Odell Jones. I remember him a little. IIRC, he was a highly regarded pitcher that came up with Pittsburgh but it never worked out on big scale for him. But he was able to hang around for quite a few seasons with various teams.

    https://pittsburghbaseballnow.com/fo...oogle_vignette

    https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/J/Pjoneo001.htm

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