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In remembrance of baseball legends

Dick Broadowski was born on July 26, 1932 in Bayonne, N.J. and made his big league debut in 1952 with the Boston Red Sox. Broadowski also played for the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians during his six-year career. Broadowski missed the 1953 and 1954 seasons due to military service. Broadowski passed away on January 14, 2019.

Jerry Buchek was born on May 9, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. and began his major league career on June 30, 1961 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Buchek played for seven years at multiple infield positions, and was also part of the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals. Buchek passed away on Jan. 2, 2019 in Springfield, Mo.

Jack Crimian was born on February 17, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pa. and made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1951. Crimian pitched for three major league teams during his four-year career. Crimian passed away on February 11, 2019.  

Jerry Casale was born on September 27, 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and made his debut with the Boston Red Sox on September 14, 1958. Casales played five seasons in the league and had more than 200 career strikeouts. Casale passed away on February 9, 2019.

Bob Friend was born on November 24, 1930 in Lafayette, Ind. and made his big league debut with the Pittsburg Pirates. Friend had a long 16-year career that included four All-Star appearances, an ERA Title and a 1960 World Series championship with the Pirates. Bob Friend passed away on February 3, 2019 in Pittsburg, Pa.

Tommy Giordano was born on October 9, 1925 in Newark, N.J. and made his debut on September 11, 1953 with the Philadelphia Athletics. After his playing career, Giordano was the scouting and player development director of the Baltimore Orioles and assisted in drafting Cal Ripken Jr. Giordano passed away on February 14, 2019 in Orlando, Fla.  

Eli Grba was born August 9, 1934 in Chicago, Ill. and made his debut on July 10, 1959 with the New York Yankees. A right-handed pitcher, Grba pitched more than 500 innings in his career. Grba passed away on Jan. 14, 2019 in Florence, Ala.

Lenny Green was born on Jan. 6, 1933 in Detroit, Mich. and had his major league debut on Aug. 25, 1957 with the Baltimore Orioles. Through his 12-year career, Green played more than 1,000 games and had a lifetime batting average of .267. Before starting his career in baseball, Green served in the United States Army. Green passed away on Jan. 9, 2019 in Detroit, Mich.

Tom Hausman was born on March 31, 1953 in Mobridge, S.D. and made his debut in 1975 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Hausman played seven years in the league with four different organizations racking up 160 appearances. Hausman passed away on January 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Johnny Hetki was born on May 12, 1922 in Leavenworth, Kan. and made his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1945 with the Cincinnati Reds. He served in the United States Army for two years before making his debut. Hetki passed away on Jan. 10, 2019.

Rocky Krsnich was born on August 5, 1927 in West Allis, Wis. and made his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1949. Krsnich played three years in the league, all with the White Sox. Krsnich passed away on February 14, 2019. 

Walt McKeel was born on Jan. 17, 1972 in Wilson, N.C. and made his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1996 with the Boston Red Sox. McKeel played at catcher and first base during his three-year career. McKeel passed away on Jan. 1, 2019 in Stantinsburg, N.C.

Don Newcombe was born on June 14, 1926 in Madison N.J. and made his debut on May 20, 1949 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his 10-year career, Newcombe accumulated an impressive list of achievements including 1949 National League Rookie of the Year, 1956 Most Valuable Player, 1956 CY Young Award accolades, four All-Star appearances and a 1955 World Series championship. Newcombe, a Dodgers legend, passed away on February 19, 2019.

Joe Presko was born on October 7, 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. and made his debut on May 3, 1951 with St. Louis Cardinals. Presko played 6 years in the league and had more than 450 innings pitched. Presko passed away on February 5, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.

Frank Robinson was born on August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas and made his debut in 1956 with the Cincinnati Redlegs. Robinson had an astonishing career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. Robinson's list of achievements include 1956 National League Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP accolades, two World Series championships, the American League Triple Crown and Manager of the Year among many other honors. Robinson passed away on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mel Stottlemyre was born on Nov.r 13, 1941 in Hazleton, Mo. and made his big league debut on Aug. 12, 1964 with the New York Yankees. Stottlemyre had multiple 20-win seasons as a starting pitcher and earned five All-Star appearances in his 11-year career. Stottlemyre became a pitching coach after his playing career ended and helped the New York Yankees to five World Series championships from 1996-2000. Stottlemyre passed away Jan. 13, 2019 in Seattle, Wash.

Matt Turner was born on February 18, 1967 in Lexington, Ky. and made his debut with the Florida Marlins in 1993. Turner played two seasons in the league had an era of 2.79. Turner passed away on January 27, 2019.

Milt Welch was born on July 26, 1924 in Farmersville, Ill. and made his debut on June 5, 1945 with the Detroit Tigers. Welch is part of the more than 1,400 players who appeared in exactly one Major League game. Welch passed away on February 9, 2019.

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