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Mickey Rutner

Since I started blogging about baseball literature and collectibles, I’ve become increasingly enamored with and appreciative of the “art” of the game. Not the way the players perform, but by those who depict those performances through the pencil, the paintbrush, the camera, or any other method. It’s especially rewarding to find “unknown” artists (although they […]

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Extra literary: Rutner, born this date in 1919, appeared in an even dozen games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947. He even had one home run. But he was immortalized by Eliot “Eight Men Out” Asinof as the inspiration for the main character in his 1955 novel about the struggles of a veteran minor leaguer, […]

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December 11, 2008

Lou Limmer was a power-hitting first baseman for the Philadelphia As in the early 1950s. In 1954 — his only full season, he hit 14 home runs. That may not sound like much, but it was good enough for a second-place tie on a stinko team that finished in the basement, 60 games behind the […]

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The muse behind Eliot Asinof’s novel, Man on Spikes, would have been 88 this year. Rutner, who had the distinction of being the oldest Jewish ex-major leaguer, enjoyed the proverbial “cup of coffee” with the Philadelphia As in 1927. He passed away last October.

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RIP, Mickey Rutner

November 8, 2007

Mickey Rutner, the oldest Jewish ex-major leaguer, passed away Oct. 17. Rutner, 87, was the real-life inspiration for Elliot Asinof’s baseball novel, Man On Spikes. During the past season, Rutner was still working part-time for the Red Rock Express. His job, he said in n interview conducted less than a month before he died, was […]

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Mickey Rutner as muse

October 2, 2007

World’s oldest Jewish ex-major leaguer tells all Just over 60 years ago — Sept. 13, 1947 — Mickey Rutner hit his only major league home run. He did it as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics in an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Rutner, who has made his retirement home in Georgetown, Tex., […]

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