NEWS: Dave Mann Passes Away at age 79
Former Oakland Oaks pitcher Dave Mann died on May 22 in a Toronto nursing home. He pitched for the Oakland Oaks in 1952 and 1953 and then played professional football for fifteen years, with the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL for three years and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL from 1958 to 1970. He was an extremely talented and versatile football player, serving as a defensive back, running back, flanker and a star punter.
Here is his obituary from the Toronto Star:
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Ernest "Kid" Mohler: The great left-handed throwing second baseman played in the PCL from 1903-1912 and in 1914. He played more than 2,900 games in his career, all but three of those in the minor leagues.
Duffy Lewis: The former Boston Red Sox outfield great was a San Franciso native who began his career with Alameda and Oakland of the California State League and then with the Oakland Oaks in 1908-1909. Purchased by the Red Sox, he remained in the major leagues until 1921, when he was released by the Washington Senators early in the season. Lewis signed with Salt Lake CIty and hit .403 in a little more than half a season. He also had a 32-game hitting streak that season. Lewis later managed the Bees and won the 1924 PCL batting title with a .392 average. He converted Lefty O'Doul full-time to the outfield in Salt Lake CIty. He retired follwing the 1925 season and was later traveling secretary of the Boston Braves.
Mike Marshall: Marshall played for Albuquerque in 1981-1982. He was the PCL's Most Valuable Player in 1981, winning the Triple Crown, hitting .373 with 34 HR and 137 RBI. He was hitting .388 the next season when he was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marshall played eleven seasons in the major leagues and was an All-Star in 1984.
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