I sent this card through the mail 5 different times to get all the signatures on it. Each time I would send it out I would hold my breath until it came back. I mailed it to each of the coaches on the card and they each signed it and returned it. I got to meet Jack Krol when he was managing the Las Vegas Stars and they came to Portland to play the Beavers. Each of these coaches has a pretty amazing story.
The Jack Krol award is given each year to the best player development person or scout in the Padres organization. Jack played 13 years in the minor leagues playing at A,B,C,D, and AA between 1954 and 1966. He managed for 17 years in the minors in the Cardinals and Padres organizations, including 1987 at AAA Las Vegas. He is credited with managing three games for the Cardinals, two in '78 and one in '80. He died in 1994 of cancer.
Harry Dunlop in the minor leagues caught three no-hitters in 14 days. One of them took 28 outs because of a passed ball, the amazing thing is the other 27 outs were all strike outs. He played 14 seasons in the minors at A,B,C,D,AA, AAA between 1952-1968. He play in the Baltimore, Pittsburgh and California organizations. He manage 14 seasons in the minors including 1983 for Las Vegas, in the Baltimore, California, Cubs and Milwaukee organizations.
Deacon Jones never played in the National Football League, but he played 11 seasons in the White Sox organization from 1955-1967. He played parts of the 1962, 1963 and 1966 seasons with the White Sox. He managed Appleton for the Sox one year going 44-76.
When the Ohio State Buckeyes football team won the National Championship in 1957 Galen Cisco was the captain of the team. In 1995 he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame for both baseball and football. He has become a respected pitching coach, after playing for 9 seasons in the minors and managing for 7 seasons in the minor league. He played and managed in the Boston, Mets and Royals organization.
Osvaldo Virgil Airport opened in 2006 in the Dominican Republic to honor Ozzie Virgil Sr.. He was the first Dominican to play in the major leagues, which he did after serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1952. He played nine seasons in the majors starting and ending with the Giants, although they were on opposite coasts, starting with the New York Giants and ending with the San Francisco Giants. In between his stints with the Giants he played with the Tigers, Kansas City A's, Baltimore, Washington and Milwaukee.
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