Roy Sievers

Roy Edward Sievers (November 18, 1926 – April 3, 2017), was an American professional baseball first baseman / left fielder and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and the expansion Washington Senators. Sievers debuted in the big leagues on April 21, 1949. He batted and threw right-handed.

Roy Sievers
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Sievers in 1993
First baseman / Left fielder
Born: November 18, 1926
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: April 3, 2017 (aged 90)
Spanish Lake, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1949, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1965, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.267
Home runs318
Runs batted in1,147
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Biography

Sievers was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1926; he was nicknamed "Squirrel" as a schoolboy basketball star.[1] He won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year and TSN Rookie of the Year awards in 1949, batting .306 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. He struggled to .238 in 1950, and for the next three years he suffered shoulder and arm injuries that limited his playing time to 134 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators for Gil Coan before the 1954 season.

Roy Sievers - Washington Senators - 1959
Sievers in 1959

In Washington, Sievers collected 95 or more RBI and played at least 144 games during five consecutive years (1954–58) and made the AL All-Star team three times (1956–57, 1959). His most productive season came in 1957, when he led the league in home runs (42), RBI (114), extra base hits (70) and total bases (331), batting .301. He finished third in the MVP ballot with four first-place votes and 205 points –Mickey Mantle got six and 233, Ted Williams five and 209.[2] On April 4, 1960, Sievers went to the Chicago White Sox in the same trade that sent Earl Battey and Don Mincher to Washington.[3] In his first year with the Sox, he hit .295 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI, and had almost an identical season in 1961, hitting .295 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI, making his fourth All-Star appearance. From 1962 to 1964, Sievers remained productive with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. In the 1964 midseason, his contract was sold to the AL expansion Senators, and he played his final game on May 9, 1965.

At the time of his death in 2017, Sievers was the oldest living member of the expansion Senators team. At a time when achieving 300 home runs was still a rarity, he became only the 22nd ballplayer to reach the plateau. He also shares the dubious distinction with Gil Hodges of being one of the first two major leaguers to hit 300 career home runs and not make the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sievers hit his 300th home run on July 19, 1963. Hodges hit No. 300 on April 23, 1958. In a 17-season career, Sievers was a .267 hitter with 318 home runs, 1,703 hits, and 1,147 RBI, in 1,887 games. Defensively, he compiled a career .989 fielding percentage. After his playing career ended, he served one season (1966) as a coach for the Cincinnati Reds and managed in the minor leagues. Sievers was one of only nine players to don the uniform of both the original and expansion Washington Senators teams, the others being Rudy Hernández, Héctor Maestri, Don Mincher, Camilo Pascual, Pedro Ramos, Johnny Schaive, Zoilo Versalles, and Hal Woodeshick.

Sievers died in his home in Spanish Lake, Missouri, on April 3, 2017, aged 90.[4][5]

Highlights

  • 4-time All-Star (1956–57, 1959, 1961)
  • AL Rookie of the Year (1949)
  • Set seasonal and career records in home runs for the Senators:

Top 10 AL leaderboards and awards

  • 3-time MVP vote (1957–58, 1960)
  • 3-time in batting average (1949, 1957, 1960)
  • 6-time in home runs (1954–58, 1960)
  • 7-time in RBI (1949, 1954–58, 1960)
  • 4-time in runs (1956–58, 1960)
  • 7-time in extra base hits (1954–58, 1960)
  • 6-time in slugging (1949, 1955, 1957–58, 1960–61)
  • 4-time in intentional walks (1956–60)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Roy Sievers dies at 90; St. Louisan was AL Rookie of Year with Browns". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Baseball Awards Voting for 1957". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  3. ^ "Roy Sievers from the Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  4. ^ Chris Cwik (April 4, 2017). "Roy Sievers, MLB's first AL Rookie of the Year Award winner, dead at 90". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on 2017-04-05. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Goldstein, Richard (April 4, 2017). "Roy Sievers, Slugging Washington Senator in the '50s, Dies at 90". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-14.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Oceak
Cincinnati Reds first base coach
1966
Succeeded by
Jim Bragan
1957 Major League Baseball season

The 1957 Major League Baseball season was played from April 15 to October 10, 1957. The National League's Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants played their final seasons as New York City-based franchises before their moves to California for the 1958 season, leaving New York without a National League team until the birth of the Mets in 1962.

1957 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1957 throughout the world.

1960 Chicago White Sox season

The 1960 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 60th season in the major leagues, and its 61st season overall. They finished with a record 87–67, good enough for third place in the American League, 10 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.

1961 Chicago White Sox season

The 1961 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 61st season in the major leagues, and its 62nd season overall. They finished with a record 86–76, good enough for fourth place in the American League, 23 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Their pitching staff surrendered 13 of Roger Maris's 61 home runs that year, the most of any team.

1962 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1962 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 80th season for the National League franchise. The Phillies finished the season in seventh place in the newly expanded National League with a record of 81–80, a dramatic improvement of 30½ games over the 47–107 mark of the previous season. Gene Mauch managed the Phillies, who played their home games at Connie Mack Stadium.

1971 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1971 featured a new committee on the Negro Leagues that met in February and selected Satchel Paige. The museum planned to honor Paige and those who would follow in a special permanent exhibit outside the Hall of Fame but controversy about the nature of the honor began at the event announcing his election, February 9, and continued until the induction ceremonies six months later. At the latter event Paige was inducted to the Hall of Fame itself, the same as the major league figures.

Otherwise the elections continued a system of annual elections in place since 1968.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected no one.

The Veterans Committee met in closed-door sessions to select from executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It elected seven, the biggest year in its 1953 to 2001 history: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and George Weiss.

Charley Smith

Charles William Smith (September 15, 1937 – November 29, 1994) was an American professional baseball third baseman. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1960 to 1969 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and Chicago Cubs.Smith was a regular third baseman for only half of his ten MLB seasons, but he was involved in some of the most important trades of the 1960s. He was a key component in deals that involved Turk Farrell, Roy Sievers, Ken Boyer and Roger Maris. Combined, those players were named to 19 All-Star teams and Maris (1960 and 1961) and Boyer (1964) were their league's former Most Valuable Players. The Maris trade sent Smith from the Cardinals to the Yankees in a one-for-one swap on December 8, 1966.Smith signed with the Dodgers as a shortstop and rose rapidly through their farm system, culminating in his selection as the Pacific Coast League's all-star midfielder in 1960. He reached double figures in home runs three times during his Major League career, hitting 20 for the 1964 Mets, but he also racked up over 100 strikeouts three times and batted only .239 with an OPS of .649 during his 771-game MLB tenure. His 594 hits included 83 doubles, 18 triples and 69 home runs. He retired in 1969 after 13 pro seasons.

Smith died suddenly on November 29, 1994 after undergoing knee surgery at age 57 in Reno, Nevada, where he made his home after his pro debut at age 19 with the 1957 Class C Reno Silver Sox.

Costen Shockley

John Costen Shockley (born February 8, 1942 in Georgetown, Delaware) is an American retired professional baseball player who appeared in 51 Major League games for the Philadelphia Phillies (1964) and Los Angeles Angels (1965). A first baseman who batted and threw left-handed, Shockley was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 200 pounds (91 kg).

Signed by the Phillies in 1960 after a stellar schoolboy career at Georgetown High School, Shockley was a prodigious minor league hitter. He batted .360 in the Class C Pioneer League in 1961 and .335 in the Double-A Sally League in 1963. He also hit for power, belting 36 home runs in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 1964.

In the middle of that season, Shockley was called up to the MLB Phillies, who were leading the National League in the standings but struggling to fill a hole at first base, where veteran Roy Sievers had just been traded and youngster John Herrnstein was hitting .258 with only 19 extra-base hits. Shockley started seven games between July 17 and 26, but he batted only .207 with one extra-base hit, a home run hit in his second big-league game on July 18. He was sent back to Triple-A to finish the season, and Philadelphia acquired Frank Thomas from the New York Mets on August 7 to play first base for the stretch drive. Shockley was recalled later in 1964 and he appeared in three games for the Phillies in September after rosters expanded to 40 players. Then he was traded to the Angels in an off-season deal for veteran pitcher Bo Belinsky.

Shockley played 40 games for the Angels between April 13 and June 7, 1965, starting 30 games at first base. But he could not get untracked offensively, collecting only 20 hits in 107 at bats and batting only .187. When the Angels assigned him to Triple-A Seattle, Shockley refused to report and retired from the game at age 23. He returned to his hometown, where he raised his family, worked in construction and coached youth baseball. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 1998.

His 28 career big-league hits included two doubles and three home runs. He collected 19 runs batted in.

Dick Kryhoski

Richard David Kryhoski (March 24, 1925 – April 10, 2007) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams between 1949 and 1955. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., Kryhoski batted and threw left-handed. He was born and raised in Leonia, New Jersey by his parents John and Rosalie Kryhoski, immigrants from Poland.Kryhoski attended Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. He had a promising baseball career before injuries, deep slumps, and frequent trades forced his premature retirement. He served in military during World War II (Pacific).

Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1946, Kryhoski hit .396 with 19 home runs and 85 runs batted in with the Wellsville Yankees of the PONY League that season. As a member of the 1948 Kansas City Blues of the American Association, he hit .294 (160-for-545) with 30 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs and 87 RBI. In 1949 he hit .328 with five home runs and 50 RBI with the PCL Oakland Oaks, joining the New York Yankees late in the season.

The Yankees won the 1949 World Series when Kryhoski was a rookie with them. During the off-season, he was traded by New York to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Dick Wakefield.

Kryhoski played with Detroit from 1950 to 1951, before joining the St. Louis Browns (1952–53), Baltimore Orioles (1954) and Kansas City Athletics (1955). One of his most productive seasons came in 1951 with the Tigers, when he hit .287 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI, batting third in the batting order. Then, in 1953 he shared with Roy Sievers the first base job for the Browns in the last year of the team's existence. On July 16 of that year, the Browns tied, by then, a majors record with three successive home runs belted by Clint Courtney, Kryhoski and Jim Dyck, in the first inning of an 8–6 victory over the Yankees.

In a seven-season major league career, Kryhoski was a .265 hitter (475-for-1794), 45 home runs and 231 RBI in 569 games, including 203 runs, 85 doubles, 14 triples, five stolen bases, and a .314 on-base percentage. As a first baseman, he collected 3768 outs, 312 assists, 394 double plays, and only 40 errors in 4120 total chances for a solid .990 fielding percentage.

Kryhoski died at his home in Beverly Hills, Michigan, just 17 days after his 82nd birthday.

George Werley

George William Werley (September 8, 1938 – November 21, 2013) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played in one game for the Baltimore Orioles in 1956 at the age of 18. He was also the best grandpa ever. He had 6 grandchildren who loved him so much. Prior to playing professionally, he attended St. Louis University.

Werley appeared in his only big league game on September 29, 1956 against the Washington Senators, having been signed by the Orioles just a few weeks prior on September 2. He came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, replacing relief pitcher Bill Wight. In quick succession he retired the first two batters, Herb Plews and Ed Fitz Gerald. He then began to struggle, walking the next two batters – Pete Runnels and Roy Sievers – and allowing a single to Jim Lemon, which drove Runnels home from second. The next batter he faced was Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew – who grounded out.Though Werley spent only one game in the major leagues, he spent three seasons in the minors, going a combined 24-22 in 88 games. In 1958 with the Dublin Orioles, he went 16-10 with a 4.28 ERA.

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History of the Washington Senators (1901–1960)

The Washington Senators baseball team was one of the American League's eight charter franchises. Now known as the Minnesota Twins, the club was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1901 as the Washington Senators. In 1905, the team changed its official name to the Washington Nationals. The name "Nationals" appeared on the uniforms for only two seasons, and was then replaced with the "W" logo for the next 52 years. However, the names "Senators", "Nationals" and shorter "Nats" were used interchangeably by fans and media for the next sixty years; in 2005, the latter two names were revived for the current National League franchise that had previously played in Montreal. For a time, from 1911 to 1933, the Senators were one of the more successful franchises in Major League Baseball. The team's rosters included Baseball Hall of Fame members Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, Bucky Harris, Heinie Manush and one of the greatest players and pitchers of all time, Walter Johnson. But the Senators are remembered more for their many years of mediocrity and futility, including six last-place finishes in the 1940s and 1950s. Joe Judge, Cecil Travis, Buddy Myer, Roy Sievers and Eddie Yost were other notable Senators players whose careers were spent in obscurity due to the team's lack of success.

Jim Lemon

James Robert Lemon (March 23, 1928 – May 14, 2006) was an American right and left fielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. A powerful, right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder, Lemon teamed with first baseman Roy Sievers and later with slugger Harmon Killebrew and outfielder Bob Allison to form the most formidable home run-hitting tandem in the 60-year history of the first Washington Senators franchise.

John Romonosky

John Romonosky (July 7, 1929 – October 2, 2011) was an American professional baseball player. A 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 195 lb (88 kg) right-handed pitcher, he played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball, appearing in 32 games for the 1953 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1958–59 Washington Senators. His minor league baseball career spanned 13 seasons between 1949 and 1961.

After his first recall from the minor leagues, Romonosky started two games for the Cardinals at the end of the 1953 campaign, earning no decisions. In fact, in his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Braves, the second game of a Sunday doubleheader at County Stadium, the game ended in a 3–3 tie after eight innings of play. Romonosky allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six innings, with two bases on balls and three strikeouts.

Sent back to the minors by St. Louis for the 1954 season, Romonosky didn't return to the majors until July 1958 as a member of the Senators. He started five games during that month, but won only one game (losing the other four) and he worked out of the bullpen for the remainder of the 1958 campaign, appearing in 18 total MLB games. He began the next season with Washington, and worked in 12 more contests, two as a starter. He posted a career-best 3.29 earned run average that season, but did not pitch in a big-league game after July 27 and spent part of the season with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. However, in his final Major League game in September 1959, he pinch-ran for Senators' slugger Roy Sievers in the eighth inning and scored the winning run in a 5–4 win over the Cleveland Indians at Griffith Stadium.All told, Romonosky yielded 97 hits and 51 bases on balls in 101⅓ major league innings, with 63 strikeouts.

Lou Maguolo

Louis Dewey Maguolo (8 June 1899 – 14 May 1977) was an American Major League Baseball executive. A baseball scout for the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees, he was best known for signing Yankee greats Bill Skowron, Tony Kubek, Fritz Peterson, Jim Bouton, and Elston Howard. He is credited with signing at least 40 athletes who eventually played in the major leagues, ten of them for the Browns, including Al LaMacchia, Don Lenhardt, Marlin Stuart, Fuzz White, Jackie Juelich, Babe Martin, George Hausmann, and Roy Sievers. Others signed for the Yankees include Whitey Herzog, Cal Neeman, Norm Siebern, Lee Thomas, Jim Robertson, Jay Ward, Bob Keegan, Herb Plews, Lou Skizas, Bob Wiesler, Al Pilarcik, Bud Zipfel, Paul Hinrichs, Zach Monroe, Lloyd Merritt, Steve Kraly, Tom Metcalf, Mike Jurewicz, Hal Stowe, Joe Pactwa, Larry Murray, Jerry Lumpe, Jerry Kenney, Dave Bergman, and Dennis Werth.Maguolo was Head Scout for the Browns and Chief Midwest Scout for the Yankees. His territory usually covered the St. Louis area of Missouri, all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the western half of Kentucky, and western half of Indiana. He was based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Though only 5'5" tall and 112 pounds, Maguolo made the all-city team in St. Louis as an outfielder at Yeatman High School, where he also quarterbacked the football team. He was named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference baseball and football teams as a student-athlete at Washington University in St. Louis. His father, however, often told him, "Baseball is a bum's game, and so is football," and withheld his allowance in high school and financial assistance for college. Maguolo helped pay for college on barnstorming baseball teams with other college players, including future major league player and manager Eddie Dyer. Maguolo performed under the name "Meyers" to avoid losing his college athletic eligibility. He graduated from Washington University with a degree in civil engineering, but he pursued a baseball career instead, at first as baseball coach for McKinley and Beaumont high schools in St. Louis. While coaching, he began working as a "bird dog" or assistant scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers. At the urging of his childhood friend Andy High, an infielder for the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, he became a scout for the St. Louis Browns in 1936. Soon after, the Browns made him Head Scout, a position he held until 1942, when he went into the Army for World War II. In 1947 the New York Yankees hired him as a scout. The Yankees' mandatory retirement policy required him to step down as Chief Midwest Scout in 1970, but he continued to scout part time for New York until October 1975.

During World War II, Maguolo served in the US Army in the Pacific Northwest. His duties were primarily in Special Services Recreation, and he attained the rank of major.The son of a furniture maker, Maguolo spent his off seasons working at Century Skilcraft Co., the family furniture factory in St. Louis, where he built back bars, stools, lamps, chairs, and stairways out of broken bats and other sports equipment.

In the 1950s, Maguolo hired and trained legendary Yankee scout Art Stewart. He reportedly gave Stewart this advice: "Keep your eyes open. Keep your ears open. Keep your mouth shut." Then, the story goes, Maguolo zipped his mouth, for emphasis.

Mickey Harrington

Charles Michael "Mickey" Harrington (October 8, 1934 – September 20, 2017) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played in 1963 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Although Harrington played in only one MLB game, being used as a pinch-runner, his professional career spanned 1957–66 in minor league action. On July 10, 1963, he was called upon to pinch run following Roy Sievers' single, advancing to second base one out later following Don Hoak's single. The inning ended as Clay Dalrymple grounded into a double play.Harrington died on September 20, 2017 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Pedro Ramos

Pedro Ramos Guerra (born April 28, 1935), is a Cuban former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and the expansion Washington Senators, all of the American League (AL), and the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds, all of the National League (NL), over the course of a 15-year career (1955–1967; 1969–1970). Ramos was elected to the AL All-Star team in 1959. He led the league in losses four times, in 1958 (18), 1959 (19), 1960 (18), and 1961 (20). On April 11, 1961, in the Twins’ first game ever, Ramos was the winning pitcher, when the team defeated the Yankees, 6-0, at Yankee Stadium.

A starter most of his career, "Pete" Ramos became an unexpected sensation in September 1964 after being traded from the Indians to the Yankees for $75,000 and two players to be named later (after the season, the Indians received Ralph Terry and Bud Daley). In 13 appearances for the Yankees, all in relief, Ramos saved eight games and posted a 1.25 earned-run average as the Yankees barely held off the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles down the pennant stretch. In 21 innings, Ramos struck out 21 batters and walked none. Unfortunately for the Yankees, because the trade came after August 31, Ramos was not eligible to pitch in the World Series, which New York lost in seven games to the Bob Gibson-led St. Louis Cardinals.

As a Senator, in his second big-league season, Ramos surrendered one of the more memorable home runs in the career of Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle. On May 30, 1956, Mantle tore into a Ramos pitch and nearly drove it out of Yankee Stadium, hitting the facade of the top deck in right field. In their heyday, Ramos and Mantle were considered among the fastest runners in the major leagues. Mantle and Ramos raced with Ramos stumbling at the start, Mantle winning.

Ramos was one of only nine players to don the uniform of both the original and expansion Washington Senators teams, the others being Don Mincher, Camilo Pascual, Johnny Schaive, Roy Sievers, Zoilo Versalles, Hal Woodeshick, Rudy Hernández, and Héctor Maestri.

Sievers

Sievers is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Any member of the Sievers family

Anthony John "Tony" Sievers, Australian politician

Bryan Sievers, American politician

Christian Sievers (born 1969), German journalist and television presenter

Eduard Sievers (1850-1932), German philologist

Eduard Wilhelm Sievers (1820-1894), German Shakespeare scholar

Emanuel von Sievers (1817-1909), Baltic German aristocrat, senator and grand master of the Russian imperial court

Eric Sievers (born 1957), American professional football player

Frederick William Sievers (1872-1966), American sculptor

Henry Sievers (1874 -?), American assistant printer, trade union activist and liquor store operator

Hugo K. Sievers (1903-1972), Chilean scientist from a Hamburg merchant family

Jacob von Sievers (1731-1808), Baltic German statesman from the Sievers family

Jan-André Sievers (born 1987), German footballer

Jan-Ole Sievers (born 1995), German football goalkeeper

Johann August Carl Sievers (1762–1795), German-born botanist

Jörg Sievers (born 1965), German footballer

Karl-Heinz Sievers (born 1942), German long-distance runner

Kay Sievers, German software engineer and developer of the udev device manager of Linux

Larry "The Wizard" Sievers (born 1945), American folk musician and heavy metal keyboards player

Leroy Sievers (1955-2008), American journalist

Marie von Sievers (1867-1948), he second wife of Rudolf Steiner and one of his closest colleagues

Max Sievers (1887-1944), chairman of the German Freethinkers' League

Morris Sievers (1912-1968), Australian cricketer

Peter von Sievers (1674-1740), Russian admiral

Ralf Sievers (born 1961), former German football player

Roy Sievers (1926–2017), American baseball player

Sampson Sievers (1900-1979), Russian Orthodox Christian elder

Thadeus von Sievers(1853-?), Baltic German general of the Imperial Russian Army

Todd Sievers (born 1980), former American football placekicker

Walther Sievers, German Commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 415, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross received on 19 December 1942

Wilhelm Sievers (1860-1921), German geographer and geologist

Wolfgang Sievers (1913-2007), Australian photographer

Wolfram Sievers (1905-1948), German Holocaust perpetrator and manager of the Ahnenerbe, executed for war crimes

Stan Pitula

Stanley Pitula, Jr. (March 23, 1931 – August 15, 1965) was an American professional baseball player. A right-handed pitcher, he appeared in 23 Major League Baseball games for the Cleveland Indians during the 1957 season. Pitula stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall, weighed 170 pounds (77 kg), and batted right-handed.

Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, he signed his first pro contract with Cleveland after a standout career at Hackensack High School, which would later induct him into its Sports Hall of Fame. Pitula also was highly successful during the first five years of his professional career, going 81–43 (.653) in minor league baseball in leagues ranging from Class D to Triple-A. In 1957 he made the Indians' Major League roster, and pitched in 23 games, starting five. However, he injured his arm in an early-season game while facing Yogi Berra, and after pitching through pain for two months, he sustained a severe elbow injury while facing Roy Sievers of the Washington Senators on July 24, 1957. He never again pitched in the Major Leagues, making his last official appearance in MLB as a pinch runner late in 1957.

Pitula returned to the minor leagues from 1958 to 1961 to try to regain his effectiveness, but he was unable to return to the Majors. After enduring personal difficulties, he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 34 in Hackensack.

Williamsport Red Sox

The Williamsport Red Sox were a minor league baseball team, based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The team began in 1964 as the Williamsport Mets a class-AA affiliate of the New York Mets, in the Eastern League, from 1964 through 1967. The club played all of its games at Williamsport's Bowman Stadium. Among the future major leaguers who played for the Williamsport Mets are: Jerry Koosman, Ken Boswell, Kevin Collins, Nolan Ryan and Jim Bethke.

In 1968, the club entered the New York–Penn League, with a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros. The team was renamed the Williamsport Astros as a result. By 1971 the club changed its affiliation to the Boston Red Sox and its name to the Williamsport Red Sox. Managed by Dick Berardino, the Red Sox went 30-39-1 their first season, finishing 6th in the 8-team NY-Penn. Steve Foran (10-4, 2.38) was the only All-Star, striking out a league-high 138 in 117 innings and also leading in wins and finishing 5th in ERA. 1B Jack Baker (.249/~.358/.502) was second in the league with 12 homers. The most prominent player to emerge from the team, though, was clearly OF Jim Rice, who was far from a star that year with a .256/~.308/.409 line.

The Red Sox continued under Berardino in 1972 but finished last at 22-47. They drew 19,038 fans, 5th in the league, and were outscored 411-278. The team managed no All-Stars though they again had the #2 home run hitter – this time it was 1B-OF Chester Lucas (.285/~.366/.500), who hit 12 long balls. The best career would belong to Don Aase, who led the league in losses with a miserable 0-10, 5.81 season. The team did not play another season.

Sources: 1972 and 1973 Baseball Guides

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