Friday, February 18, 2011

Unpossible Autograph Friday- Two Deaths This Week

After a month without any sad news regarding former Orioles, this week two one-time O's passed away.


Gino Cimoli passed away due to heart and kidney complications on Saturday. I obtained this autograph in a trade with a friend of the blog way back in the summer of 2009. Gino was a great TTM signer and I had intended to send him a card in hopes that he would personalize it for me, but that will obviously not happen now.

He briefly played for the O's in 1964 and is best remembered for being a member of the 1960 Pirates World Series Champs. Overall, he played ten seasons in the Majors from 1956-65.

Joe Frazier, whose autograph I received in a trade not long ago, passed away on Tuesday. I actually found out about his death on Paul's Random Stuff blog last night. A fellow collector on SCN mentioned that Joe had been battling Alzheimer's for a few years and it seems as though the disease finally took it's toll on him.

Joe played for the Orioles in 1956 and later managed the Mets for a season plus in 1976-77. I had sent him a few TTM requests over the past two years, but can certainly now understand why they never made it back. Joe had been somewhat of a hit or miss TTM signer over the years.

RIP gentlemen.

1 comment:

Play at the Plate said...

RIP Gino and Joe. I always wanted to send Duke Snider a TTM and just didn't do it. Now it's too late.