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RIP Marty Marion

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Eight-time all-star shortstop, 1944 NL MVP and player-manager with Cardinals and Browns. Dead at 93:

  2. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Would never have guessed he was still alive. Even our boy Abe has a way to go to catch Marion's 93. RIP to a Cardinal great.
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Find it interesting that he was 6-2, 170 --- which was big, or at least tall, for the 1940s --- and had almost no power. If you looked at his career stats, you'd figure he was built like Phil Rizzuto.

    I read somewhere that Marion was Earl Weaver's hero growing up. That alone makes him A-OK in my book.
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The story didn't say, but, correct me if I'm wrong, I believe Marion was also very instrumental in getting a pension fund started for players. While today's millionaires really don't need it, a whole couple generations of players are probably extremely thankful.

  5. CarltonBanks

    CarltonBanks New Member

    Stitch don't care.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    One of my dad's favorite players from his childhood, along with Snuffy Sterweiss. They are only names to me. I would have never guessed he'd still be alive.
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Interestingly enough, Stirnweiss died just a few years after his career ended, when a commuter train plunged off a bridge in Newark in 1958:

  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    The guy who finally drove the White Sox to the well of Venezuelan shortstops. Thanks, Marty. RIP.
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