Saturday, October 15, 2011

Former Brooklyn Dodgers Schmitz and Buker pass away

Two of the senior alums of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Johnny Schmitz and Cy Buker passed away this week at the ages of 90 and 93 respectively.

Schmitz, nicknamed Bear Tracks for his big feet, pitched 13 seasons in the majors, spending parts of the 1951 and 1952 seasons in Brooklyn. He passed away on October 5, 2011 in Wisconsin.

Buker pitched for the Dodgers in 1945 during World War II, compiling a 7-2 record in his only season. He also passed away in Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 11th.

With their deaths, that leaves 44 living former major leaguers who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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