Friday, September 13, 2019

Johnny Klippstein

Career: Played in the big leagues for 18 seasons with five different teams, including the Dodgers in 1958 and 1959.

Did you know? Pitched in two World Series, the first in 1959 for the Dodgers against the White Sox and in 1965 for the Twins against the Dodgers.

Post game: Scouted for the Phillies and Tigers, and later worked as a salesman for a number of Illinois businesses ... died on October 10, 2003 at age 75 from prostate cancer.

Sources: Baseball Reference; Appleton Post-Crescent, 10/1/1980; Chicago Tribune, 4/12/1990; Chicago Daily Herald, 10/14/2003; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/15/2003.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Ralph Mauriello

Career: Appeared in three games for the Dodgers in 1958, the team's first season in Los Angeles.

Did you know? Has sung the national anthem at Dodger Stadium more than a dozen times.

Post-game: Earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from USC and a master's degree in computer design from UCLA ... worked as a computer designer for Litton Data Systems in Van Nuys, CA, and later founded Mauriello Entertainment.

Sources: Baseball Reference; Los Angeles Times, 4/23/1989; Ventura County Star, 7/2/2016.

Bob Giallombardo

Career: Appeared in 11 games for the Dodgers in 1958, the team's first season in Los Angeles.

Did you know? Attended Lafayette High in Brooklyn, the same high school as fellow left-hander and Dodger teammate Sandy Koufax.

Post-game: Managed a bowling alley in Brooklyn, and later worked for the New York City Housing Authority, retiring as a supervisor of roofing.

Sources:; Reno Gazette-Journal, 6/20/1962; New York Daily News, 7/18/1971; New York Examiner, 12/16/2009.

Ron Negray

Career: Played in the big leagues for parts of four seasons with the Dodgers (1952 and 1958) and Phillies (1955-1956).

Did you know? Pitched two innings of relief in the first-ever game played on the West Coast, as the Dodgers lost to the Giants 8-0 at San Francisco's Seals Stadium on April 15, 1958.

Post-game: Sold athletic supplies and uniforms to high schools, colleges and professional teams for some 30 years ... died at age 88 on November 8, 2018.

Sources:; Akron Beacon Journal, 4/15/2018, 11/11/2018.

Randy Jackson

Career: Played in the big leagues for parts of 10 seasons with three different teams, including the Dodgers from 1956 to 1958.

Did you know? Belted the last home run ever hit by a Brooklyn Dodger, a three-run shot off the Phillies' Don Cardwell at Connie Mack Stadium, on September 28, 1957.

Post-game: Worked as a life insurance salesman at Georgia International Life Insurance Company ... died at age 93 on March 20, 2019.

Sources: Baseball Reference; SABR Bio; Atlanta Constitution, 10/18/1986; San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/24/2019.

Danny McDevitt

Career: Played in the big leagues for six years with five different teams, including the Dodgers from 1957 to 1960.

Did you know? Blanked the Pirates, 3-0, on five-hits in the Brooklyn Dodgers' final game at Ebbets Field, on September 24, 1957.

Post-game: Worked as a minor league umpire, held government jobs in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, and sold real estate in Georgia ... was inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine in 2009 ... died on November 20, 2010.

Sources: Baseball Reference;; Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin, 7/18/2009; (Lawrence, MA) Eagle-Tribune, 11/25/2010.

Gene Snyder

Career: Appeared in 11 games for the Dodgers' 1959 World Series championship team.

Did you know? Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Post-game: Worked as a salesman for Edgecomb Metals in York, Pennsylvania for 29 years ... died on June 2, 1996, at age 65, after a brief illness.

Sources: Baseball Reference; York Daily Record, 6/4/1996.