Monday, November 23, 2009

Kropf gave up center field for Willie Mays

I recently wrote an article on Ridgewood, Queens native Johnny Kropf, who was an outfielder at the AAA level for 11 seasons with the Giants and White Sox organizations. He gave up centerfield in 1951 while playing with the Minneapolis Millers to a young star in the making, Willie Mays. While he was there, he was teammates with two other Hall of Famers, Ray Dandridge and Hoyt Wilhelm. Kropf speaks on his experiences playing with the aforementioned legends and his travels from Class D ball to AAA. Click here to read the Times-Ledger article on Kropf.


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