Here's a Did You Know? from the back of the card: "Casey Stengel played with Charlie's dad, Larry, in Brooklyn and was the opposing manager in Charlie's big league debut."
Standing 5'8" and weighing in at 165lbs, the ironically nicknamed John "Fats" Dantonio, also of the Jesuit High class of 1937, got his start with the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 25. He only played in two seasons during WWII and never for a full season. Having played in just 50 games his whole career, J-Fat finished up with a .244 average with 12 runs and 12 RBI. His fielding percentage was a not-so-great .923 with 14 errors committed.
Fatman John had a few brushes with greatness in his short career. While in the minor leagues he roomed with and caught for pitcher Stan Musial. In 1945 Fatty D was managed by the great Leo Durocher, a Hall of Famer who was ejected from games an impressive 95 times in his career.
His career stat line puts him at a .248 average with 58 HR and 381 RBI. Ryan lived out the rest of his days in Metairie, La, a major suburb of his hometown of New Orleans (and headquarters of this very blog).
One of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies "Whiz Kids," a list that includes Richie Ashburn, Andy Seminick, Eddie Waitkus, Granny Hamner, and
Putsy put up respectable numbers in the minors until 1947 when he would get called back up to the Phillies. As a utility man he played an array of positions including third base, backup infielder, pinch hitter and pinch runner. In 1948, his first full season, he participated in a rare triple play. After a short bust back to AAA in 1949, Caballero came through in a number of clutch pinch-hit and run moments in 1950 to help the Phillies secure the pennant.
Mr. Caballero was moved back to the minors after the 1952 season and never returned to the major leagues. His final career stats include a .228 average with 1 home run and 40 RBI. He would retire from baseball in 1955 and move home to New Orleans, eventually starting his own exterminating company.
Despite losing his home in Hurricane Katrina, Putsy continues to live in the Lakeview area of New Orleans to this day. I'm told he carries a copy of his only original baseball card (which is damn hard to find) around with him in his wallet.
"Tookie" Gilbert, brother of Charlie Gilbert, graduated Jesuit in 1946. That was the year of "all the tricks" when the Blue Jays won undefeated State Championships in football, baseball, basketball, and track & field.
First signed by Mel Ott, Tookie played two stints with the New York baseball Giants. He hit a home run in his very first game in 1950, and like his brother he also spent time under manager Leo Durocher. Despite having put up solid numbers in the minor leagues, Gilbert batted only .203 with 7 HR and 48 RBI in 183 games in his days with New York. His fielding percentage ended up at a very solid .991. Mr. Gilbert would later become sheriff of Orleans Parish.
After a successful run with the Expos, El Staubarino would be traded to the Mets where in 1975 he would become the first player there to break 100 RBIs in a season. He spent three and a half years in New York, contributing a .423 average and a home run to the Mets' exciting but unsuccessful 7-game World Series run.
|1976, '79, and '77 Topps cards|
|1981 Topps - He had a short stint with the Rangers.|
|'76, '81, and '82 Topps|
Staub's 23-year career stat line puts him at a .279 average with 292 HR, 1466 RBI, and 2,716 hits. He is one of only three players, including Ty Cobb and Gary Sheffield, to have hit a home run before age 20 and after age 40.
Ryan Adams graduated from Jesuit in 2005. He is from Mandeville, or as locals call it, "da Northshore." He was picked by Baltimore 58th overall and started in the minors in '06, putting up respectable numbers until 2011 when he was called up to play second base. That year, his only in the majors so far, he played in 29 games and batted .281 with 7 RBI.
Ryan is currently a free agent; so if you have a baseball team and need a second baseman with a good Catholic school education, Ryan is your man....
Here is a great article about Ryan and his transition into baseball following Hurricane Katrina.
|2012 Topps #442|