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By Tim Peterson

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On this date, May 1, 1937 the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-2 at Ebbets Field.

Going one for four at third base that day for the Dodgers was El Monte (Class of 1928) alum Tony Malinosky. The hit was his first in his only Major League season after being called up the week before.

Malinosky, who spent the next month as a regular at third, would finish the season with a .228 average and 3 Rbis in 79 at-bats. In July he would be farmed out to the American Association Rochester Royals where he would be a teammate with future Dodger Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston. A knee injury would short circuit a return to the Majors.

He would play for four different teams (Sacramento, Houston, Columbus, Rochester) in 1938 and then retire. He would serve in the army during World War II and see action in the Battle of Bulge (December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945).

At the time of his death on February 8, 2011 he was the oldest living Major League Baseball player. He was 101 years old when he passed.

As a Dodger he made $100.00 a week.

“In my opinion the modern day ball player is over paid,” said Malinosky in  2009 interview with KCLU Radio in Ventura. “What the hell do they do with all that money?”

Note: The day Malinosky got his first hit long time Chicago Cub second baseman Woody English was playing second base for the Dodgers. English was a very prominent member of former MLB players who hung out at Santa Anita Race Track in the 1980s. Notables in that group included Bill Singer and Dick Allen.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Do You Know Who This Guy Is?