Buddy Pritchard

A Pittsburgh Pirates bonus baby, Pritchard played in 23 games for the Pirates in 1957, getting one hit in 11 at bats. He scored a run and struck out four times in his brief career. Pritchard played in the minors for Pittsburgh from 1958-1965. He hit 12 home runs in Single A in 1960 andContinue reading “Buddy Pritchard”

Jim Derrington

A Chicago White Sox bonus baby, Derrington pitched in 21 games for Chicago during the 1956-1957 seasons. He went 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA before being sent to the minors. He was 16-years old when he joined the White Sox in 1956. He appeared in just one game that year, pitching six innings in aContinue reading “Jim Derrington”

Swings and misses

Charley Rabe pitched in 11 big-league games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and 1958. He went 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings. He made two starts and finished one game while striking out 16 of the hitters he faced. Rabe’s professional career lasted from 1952-1963. A veteran of 15 seasons, Ernie WhittContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Ray Crone

Crone spent most of his adult life in professional baseball, first as a player and then as a scout. He first arrived in the majors in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves. He pitched in 19 games that year for Milwaukee, going 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA. He made 15 starts for the Braves in 1955Continue reading “Ray Crone”

Tim Thompson

One of the 100-oldest living baseball players, Thompson caught for four seasons in the big leagues. He came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and played in 10 games. After spending 1955 in the minors, Thompson returned in 1956, playing a more regular role for the Kansas City A’s. He appeared in 92 gamesContinue reading “Tim Thompson”