In 2015, MLB saw the passage of more than 150 men who played the game, including two Hall imageof Famers in  Ernie Banks and Yogi Berra. A complete list  is provided by my go to source for anything baseball – imageBaseball Reference. Your memory will be jogged by some of the names that appear on the list as you recall their careers and contributions to the game. Here are a few that caught my attention…..

Dean Chance  “Every time I see his name on a lineup card, I feel like throwing up” (Mickey Mantle)image

A Cy Young award winner in 1964, he appeared in two All Star games. He won 20 games trice pitching for the California Angels and Minnesota Twins. In 1964, he posted a minuscule ERA of 1.65 while completing fifteen games- I said 15 complete games! He bettered that in 1967 with 17 complete games. A full bio can be found here.

Al Rosen He led his league in home runs twice hitting a high of 43 in 1953. A four time All Star, imageIn ten big league seasons, he averaged.285 with a .384 on-base percentage. In 1953, he posted his best season and earned a Most Valuable Player award giving up golf in the previous off season after receiving advice from Sam Snead who told him “Do you ever see me swinging a baseball bat?” A full bio can be found here.

Minnie Minosa 

One of the most colorful and popular players in his era, Minosa posted a near .300 career batting average (.298) and appeared in nine All Star games. Consistently in the top ten in runs scored, he was most known for leading the majors in getting hit by pitches a total of ten times in his career. In another oddity, he played in his final game at the ripe old age of 54. View more here.

Billy Pierce

imageHe won 20 games twice compiling 211 wins over his caree. Featuring a blazing fast ball, his career got off to a slow start due to control issues. He started two All Star games for the American League and appeared nine times. He tossed  38 shutouts over the course of his career placing him 54th on the all time list. His bio can be read here.


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