Lest we forget: Sam Mele and Luis Olmo

May 5, 2017

The New York Times ran rather substantial obituaries on two baseball figures a few days ago, both by Richard Goldstein, himself a baseball author.

Image result for sam mele topps 1965Image result for luis olmo baseball cardSam Mele, a baseball life, died on May 1 at the age of 95. Pretty smart guy: he attended Yale and NYU. Here’s his page from BaseballReference.com. I remember him from one of the first baseball cards I ever had, striking a typical manager’s pose, i.e., yelling at someone.

Luis Olmo, who “became the first Puerto Rican position player in the major leagues when he made his debut with the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers,” died April 29 at the age of 97. Olmo was before my time, as well as the time of the standard Topps baseball cards.




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