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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    Larson was the epitome of randomness in baseball. Never a very good pitcher but when he got a chance in a World Series game he made the most of it. Of all the pitchers who have started World Series game he would have been one of the last you would have thought would have thrown a perfect game. RIP Don Larson
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    Since we've lost some older former players recently, I thought I'd pull forward the list of the oldest living ballplayers. They removed Larsen, but it hasn't updated with Watlington's passing.

    https://www.baseball-almanac.com/pla...ll_Players.php

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    12/25/2019...ex Angel, Royal, Red Sox, Met, Pirate, Cardinal; Andy Hassler, age 68. 14 years in MLB. https://www.wickenburgfuneralhome.co...andrew-hassler Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    12/16/2019...ex Indian; Rich Rundles, age 38. https://ripbaseball.com/2019/12/18/o...les-1981-2019/ Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    12/27/2019...ex Cardinal; Richard “Dick” Bokelmann , age 93. https://www.glueckertfuneralhome.com...?obId=10267828Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    12/5/2019...ex Red Sox, Tiger, Phillie, White Sox, Twin; Thaddeus "Ted" Lepcio, age 90. https://twinstrivia.com/2020/01/02/f...the-age-of-90/ Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    1/10/2020...ex Red, Athletic, Cardinal, Brewer; Ed Sprague Sr., age 74. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Sprague_Sr. Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    1/9/2020...ex Red, Oriole, KC Athletic, Pirate, Colt 45; Hal Smith, age 89. https://www.hennekefuneralhome.com/s...d=1300&locid=0Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    1/10/2020...ex Red, Athletic, Cardinal, Brewer; Ed Sprague Sr., age 74. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Sprague_Sr. Click image for larger version. 

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    Another cardboard hero gone. I remember that card very well. I may have 50 of them in packs back in 72. His son played for ten years in the majors, mainly for Toronto, IIRC. RIP Ed Sprague
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    1/9/2020...ex Red, Oriole, KC Athletic, Pirate, Colt 45; Hal Smith, age 89. https://www.hennekefuneralhome.com/s...d=1300&locid=0Click image for larger version. 

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    Smith had a huge HR in the 7th game of the 1960 World Series. If the Yankees hadn't of tied the game in the 9th that set up Mazeroski's HR he would have been more remembered. RIP Hal Smith.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Another cardboard hero gone. I remember that card very well. I may have 50 of them in packs back in 72. His son played for ten years in the majors, mainly for Toronto, IIRC. RIP Ed Sprague
    It was his son, Ed Jr., who played for Toronto.
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    Smith had a huge HR in the 7th game of the 1960 World Series. If the Yankees hadn't of tied the game in the 9th that set up Mazeroski's HR he would have been more remembered. RIP Hal Smith.
    There were two catchers in MLB named Hal Smith during that era -- the recently departed Harold Wayne "Hal" Smith (who was the backup catcher for the 1960 Pirates, behind former Red Smoky Burgess), and Harold Raymond "Hal" Smith (who was the primary catcher for the Cardinals and a three-time All-Star in the late 50's).
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    There were two catchers in MLB named Hal Smith during that era -- the recently departed Harold Wayne "Hal" Smith (who was the backup catcher for the 1960 Pirates, behind former Red Smoky Burgess), and Harold Raymond "Hal" Smith (who was the primary catcher for the Cardinals and a three-time All-Star in the late 50's).
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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

    1/20/2020...ex KC Athletic; Jay Hankins, age 84. https://ripbaseball.com/2020/01/23/o...090SZUr2cW7YmA Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers

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    1/10/2020...ex Red, Athletic, Cardinal, Brewer; Ed Sprague Sr., age 74. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Sprague_Sr. Click image for larger version. 

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    For some silly reason there was a time when I thought Ed Sprague would be the greatest pitcher the Reds ever had. Maybe it was my 11 year old brain thinking too much at the time..


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