Archive for the ‘Necrology’ Category

JACK LITTRELL PASSES AWAY AT 80

by Max Silberman Shortly after Rusty Seitz reported the death of Bob Dillinger, Lou Parrotta was kind enough to pass on the news of the June passing of Jack Littrell at the age of 80, one of the younger Philadelphia A’s players leaving only 50 former players.  

BILL LILLARD DEAD AT 91

by Max Silberman   In 1939, baseball celebrated 100 years and joining the celebration was Bill Lillard who made his debut with the A’s playing 2nd base and shortstop.      

GENE HANDLEY PASSES AWAY AT 94

By Dave Jordan On April 12, 2009 – Easter Sunday, Eugene Louis “Gene” Handley passed away, reducing the number of living Philadelphia Athletics players to 52.        

HERMAN FRANKS DEAD AT 95

by Max Silberman   Herman Franks, former major leaguer with the Cardinals,Dodgers, Athletics (1947-48) and the Giants passed away at 95 years of age.

WILLIAM M. WERBER DIES AT 100

Bill Werber died January 22 at the Carriage Club Retirement Community in Charlotte, NC, at 100 years old.          

RANDY GUMPERT PASSES AWAY AT 90

by Max Silberman   One of the reunion regular guests was Randy Gumpert – who died November 25, 2008.

LES McCRABB DIES AT 93

by Max Silberman Les (Buster) Mc Crabb made his major league debut pitching for the A’s in 1939 and continued with the team until 1942.and then coached and threw batting practice.      

MICKEY VERNON PASSES AWAY AT 90

by Max Silberman At the September Executive Board meeting of the A’s Society, everyone expressed the hope that our dear friend Mickey Vernon would be inducted into the Hall of Fame when the voting is announced in December.        

LEROY WHEAT DIES AT 78

by Max Silberman Leroy Wheat, 78, who pitched for the A’s in Philadelphia in 1954 and Kansas City in 1955 died July 29 at a hospital near his Florida home.            

Thomas A. Ippolite, Sr.

Thomas Ippolite, Sr. of Westville, N.J., a South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former A-ball pitcher with the Connie Mack Philadelphia A’s, died at home on July 19, 2008, after valiantly fighting a long illness. He was 83.