American Association Necrology
April 15, 2011
Another issue of the American Association Almanac is out. It deals with the 34 former American Association players who passed away in roughly the last year. This issue is Vol. 9, No. 2 of the Almanac and is entitled, "Gone With the Great Majority: An American Association Necrology, Part I."
Because over 65 players who performed in the American Association at one time or another within the last 15 months (roughly), I had to decide to break the issue into two parts in order to adequately cover each player's career in pro ball as it related to the American Association, and so I decided to break it down between two distinct groups, position players and pitchers. Interestingly, the split was nearly even. Pitchers will be examined in the next issue.
This 56-pageissue (over 21,000 words) combines a variety of internet and traditional resources to compile a clear look at each player's career, noting highs and lows, military intervention, key injuries, career after baseball, and much more. In addition, each player's American Association batting line is presented.
There are over a dozen player photos (including one of former Milwaukee Brewer George "Bingo" Binks in Brewers uniform, circa 1944, from the tremendous snapshot collection of Milwaukeean Paul Tenpenny whose website, Welcome To Borchert Field (www.borchertfield.com) presents an ongoing look at the old Brewers and their home for 51 seasons in Milwaukee, Borchert Field) and a variety of other graphic elements.
Among the more prominent players included in this issue are George Crowe, Don Lang, Roy Hartsfield, Walt Dropo and of course, Ron Santo. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how you can receive an issue of the Almanac or how you can subscribe.