We received word that former Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Tony Malinosky passed away last night in Oxnard. At age 101, he was the oldest living Major Leaguer. Malinosky appeared in 35 games with the Dodgers in 1937.
An Illinois native, Malinosky attended Whittier College and was a classmate of future President Richard Nixon. Malinosky served in the United States Army and saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge.
In 2009, Malinosky was honored at Dodger Stadium on the eve of his 100th birthday. Our thoughts and wishes are with those who knew him and we’re so glad that we were able to celebrate his life here so recently.
Former Dodger infielder Tony Malinosky will be honored in pregame ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game. The Oxnard resident, who appeared in 35 games with the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday. He is the oldest living former Major League player.
“Tony’s in a great mood today,” reports Beth Lango, Tony’s niece. “He woke up singing, ‘It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame.”
And here’s tonight’s lineup:
Let’s hope this is the one that win’s the NL West!