THE 100 YEAR JOURNEY OF A BASEBALL JOURNEYMAN, MIKE SANDLOCK

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The oldest living major league baseball player passed away on April 4 at age 100.  Mike Sandlock, a lifetime resident of Connecticut, was not a star but he did play for five seasons in the 1940’s and 1950’s for the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.  He was teamed with baseball greats including Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, Warren Spahn, Ralph Kiner, Roy Campanella, Joe Garagiola and Jackie Robinson.  His special skill set of catching the knuckleball also led Sandlock to play for teams in Montreal, Hollywood, the Philippines and Cuba.   Like many other ballplayers of the greatest generation, Sandlock had strong immigrant roots.  He played when segregation pervaded the game, when sacrifices for the war effort were required and when baseball questioned the very need for its existence.  Two weeks before Sandlock’s passing, Karl Cicitto and Alan Cohen, presented the old catcher with a copy of their new book, 100: The 100 Year Journey of a Baseball Journeyman, Mike Sandlock.  The book uses biography, interviews, and team /season histories to illuminate Sandlock’s baseball career.  Cicitto and Cohen will give an author talk on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield at 61 Ffyler Place.  Please register for the program online at www.suffield-library.org, by phone at 860-668-3896 or when visiting the library.  Cicitto and Cohen are members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, which published the book.  SABR is a charitable foundation dedicated to the scholarly research and preservation of baseball history.  SABR provides opportunities for baseball enthusiasts to write and publish.   Anyone interested in doing so is encouraged to attend the talk.   Cicitto is a Suffield resident and Red Sox diehard.  Cohen is from West Hartford and has been a Mets fan since that team’s 1962 debut.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.