Grave Story: Gerald Shea (1881-1964)

Here lies Gerry Shea, an amateur St. Louis catcher who played two games with the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the 1905 season. Supposedly, he was pulled from the stands to play when the Cardinals didn’t have any healthy catchers available. It’s a great story… if it’s true. Gerald Joseph Shea was born … Continue reading Grave Story: Gerald Shea (1881-1964)

Obituary: Bob Johnson (1936-2019)

RIP to Bob "Rocky" Johnson, an infielder and standout pinch-hitter who played for a decade in the majors in the 1960s. Former teammate Jim Palmer reported on Twitter that Johnson, 83, died in Minnesota. Wikipedia notes that Johnson died on November 12 from Parkinson's disease. Johnson played for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics (1960, 1969-70), Washington … Continue reading Obituary: Bob Johnson (1936-2019)

Obituary: Bobby Del Greco (1933-2019)

RIP to Bobby Del Greco, an outfielder for six teams from 1952-1965. He died on October 13 at the age of 86. He had been battling severe dementia, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Del Greco played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1952, 1956), St. Louis Cardinals (1956), Chicago Cubs (1957), New York Yankees (1957-58), Philadelphia Phillies … Continue reading Obituary: Bobby Del Greco (1933-2019)

Grave Story: Dick Siebert (1912-1978)

Here lies Dick Siebert, who was written off by three major-league teams before establishing himself as an All-Star first baseman. He later became one of the winningest coaches in NCAA baseball history with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1932, 1936), St. Louis Cardinals (1937-38) and Philadelphia Athletics (1939-45). His son, … Continue reading Grave Story: Dick Siebert (1912-1978)

Obituary: Wally Westlake (1920-2019)

RIP to Wally Westlake, An All-Star outfielder who played with six teams in a 10-year career. It has been reported that he died on September 6 at the age of 98. Westlake played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1947-51), St. Louis Cardinals (1951-52), Cincinnati Reds (1952), Cleveland Indians (1952-55), Baltimore Orioles (1955) and Philadelphia Phillies (1956). … Continue reading Obituary: Wally Westlake (1920-2019)

Obituary: Al Jackson (1935-2019)

R.I.P. to Al Jackson an original member of the New York Mets and the best pitcher on a string of awful Mets teams. He died on August 19 at the age of 83. Jackson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1959, 1961), Mets (1962-65, 1968-69), St. Louis Cardinals (1966-67) and Cincinnati Reds (1969). https://twitter.com/Mets/status/1163519804034211840?s=20 The Mets … Continue reading Obituary: Al Jackson (1935-2019)