Friday, March 20, 2009
Whitey Lockman, 82, Former New York Giant 1926-2009
It is with sad news that for two days in a row, I announce the death of a player from Major League Baseball's "Golden Era". Carroll "Whitey" Lockman, succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis Tuesday at the age of 82. Lockman is pictured above on the left next to Leo Durocher and Willie Mays.
Lockman played 15 seasons in the Majors from 1945-1960 primarily for the New York Giants as an outfielder and first baseman. He was an all-star in 1952, starting at first base for the National League. He won a World Series ring in 1954 as a member of the Giants. He later managed the Chicago Cubs from 1972-1974.
Baseball fans will be familiar with Lockman for his involvement in Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World", as he hit the double that knocked Don Newcombe out of the game, allowing Ralph Branca to come in and surrender the infamous homerun to Bobby Thomson during the next at-bat.