Sunday, June 28, 2015

Present-day Cardinals Slugger Has Browns Family Roots

When recent AAA call-up Greg Garcia hit his first major-league homerun Friday night, a pinch-hit job, most fans probably did not realize that Garcia comes from a family with deep baseball roots ... that all started with the St. Louis Browns in 1937.  The 24-year old infielder's 94-year old grandfather, Dave Garcia Sr.,  was an infielder signed by the St. Louis Browns as a 16-year-old in 1937.

The elder Garcia, well and active at age 94 living in San Diego, spent a lifetime in baseball as a manager, coach and scout. He has watched every living Hall of Famer from the dugout or the field. He was a minor league teammate of Ty Cobb Jr. A semi-recent New York Times article on Dave.

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