Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012 Labor Day Weekend

Got back five returns today from my mailing last Saturday.

Dick Gray

Dick was a third baseman who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 and 1959 and the St Louis Cardinals in 1959 and 1960. In 1958, in the Dodgers first home game ever in LA, Dick became the first Dodger player to hit a home run in the city of Los Angeles.

Bob Skinner

From 1954-1963, Bob Skinner was a regular in left field for the Pirates with Bill Virdon and Roberto Clemente. After playing he managed the PCL San Diego Padres and was named Minor League Manager of the Year in 1968. In 1969 he managed the Phillies and then was a coach for several teams.

Larry Jaster

Larry pitched for the St Louis Cardinals from 1965-1968. In 1966 Larry went 11-5 with six shutouts, which led the league. What was strange was the fact that all six shutouts came against the Dodgers who were the National League Champions that year.

John Donaldson

John played second base for the Athletics from 1966-1970 and then again in 1974. He became the regular second baseman for the Seattle Pilots in 1969 after they traded for him in June 1969.

Frank Carpin

Frank pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1965 and the Houston Astros in 1966.  He was originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1959 and spent five years in their farm system. He asked for copies of the Yankees photos and he sent along a nice Pirates photo of himself.

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