Friday, September 24, 2010

Ray Coleman 1922-2010

Former Browns player, Ray Coleman, passed away on September 18, 2010 at the veteran’s home in Norman, OK. His step son, Michael Deaton, called to advise us of his passing. Ray suffered from dementia and recently moved from California to Oklahoma to be closer to his daughter.

Ray’s wife, Peggy, died about four years ago.

Coleman was born on Sunday, June 4, 1922, in Dunsmuir, California. He was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1947, with the St. Louis Browns. Ray was an outfielder and played with the Browns in 1947-48-50-51-52. He also played a short time with the Athletics and White Sox.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards, June 28-30, 2011

It's amazing that they're still letting new interleague configurations trickle out more than a decade down the road, but this is the first time the Cardinals have ever played the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. That's interesting in its own right—we have Camden Yards to blame for the proliferation of retro ballparks that eventually invaded St. Louis, and the Orioles, for all their problems, have several exciting young prospects on their roster.

But this is also the Cardinals' first-ever visit to the adopted hometown of their Chuck Cunningham'd brother franchise, the St. Louis Browns. I don't think there are a lot of fans of George Sisler, Ken Williams, or Buster Stephens left, but I get misty-eyed at the thought of them getting misty-eyed at the thought of this 1944 World Series rematch.