Obituary: Tommy Sandt (1950-2020)

RIP to Tommy Sandt, who had a brief career as a major-league infielder before embarking on a long and influential career as a minor- and major-league coach. He died on December 1 at the age of 69. He was living in Lake Oswego, Ore., at the time of his death. Sandt played for the Oakland … Continue reading Obituary: Tommy Sandt (1950-2020)

Obituary: Orville (Sam) Woodruff (1876-1937)

Here lies Orville Woodruff, a slick fielder whose major-league career consisted of two seasons, six years apart. Woodruff played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1904 and 1910. He listed as “Sam Woodruff” on Baseball Reference and all the stat sites for reasons that I have not determined. Orville Francis Woodruff was born in Chilo, Ohio, … Continue reading Obituary: Orville (Sam) Woodruff (1876-1937)

Grave Story: Nolen Richardson (1903-1951)

Here lies Nolen Richardson, a third baseman/shortstop who was known for his fielding ability — his hitting ability, not so much. He played for the Detroit Tigers (1929, 1931-32), New York Yankees (1935) and Cincinnati Reds (1938-39). He also served, all too briefly, as the head coach of the University of Georgia Bulldogs baseball team … Continue reading Grave Story: Nolen Richardson (1903-1951)