For at least the fourth consecutive year, the man who I believe was the oldest living former Cardinals player passed away. In 2010, it was Don Lang, the 95-year-old former third baseman from the 1948 club who died on September 1.
Herman Franks, then 95, passed away in 2009, preceded by 96-year-old Don Gutteridge in 2008 and Ernie Koy, aged 97 upon his death in 2007. 100-year-old Lee Cunningham passed in 2005.
In terms of both the living player who played for the team the longest time ago and is the oldest in age, I believe Marty Marion now holds that distinction. The 93-year-old made his MLB debut on April 16, 1940, just short of 61 years ago. That is a year and a half prior to now-90-year-old Stan Musial's September 1941 arrival.
2010 Cardinals deaths by date
February 7: Paul LaPalme, age 86.
"Lefty" appeared in 56 games, all
in relief, for the 1955 Cardinals after having been acquired from
February 16: Jim Bibby, age 65.
Though originally signed by the
New York Mets, the right-hander first reached the majors with the 1972 Cardinals
with whom he picked up his first MLB win. Bibby was dealt to
March 3: Frank Bertaina, age 65.
The left-hander concluded his major league career at the age of 26 with eight late-season appearances, including five starts, for the 1970 Cardinals. Bertaina was originally drafted by and spent the majority of his career in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
March 9: Willie Davis, age 69.
The former Dodgers all-star outfielder joined
the Cardinals at age 35 midway during the 1975 season and was traded away four
months later. Known for speed and solid defense,
April 2: Mike Cuellar, age 72.
The Cuban native won 185 games
over 15 big league seasons, primary known as a member of the Baltimore Orioles'
rotation. Cuellar was a Cy Young Award winner and won 20 games four times.
Earlier in his career, he pitched in 25 Triple-A contests for the Cardinals in
1964 and 1965 along with 32 games for
April 22: Phil Castiglone, age 89.
The third baseman joined the
Cardinals in June 1953 in a trade from his only prior organization, the
Pittsburgh Pirates, with whom he had first signed in 1940. With
May 25: Morrie Martin, age 85.
September 1: Don Lang, age 95.
The former Cincinnati Reds third
baseman was called up to
September 9: Eddie Phillips, age 79.
The longtime resident of
November 6: Jay Van Noy, age 82.
At the age of 22, the outfielder appeared in six games for the 1951 Cardinals, going hitless in seven at-bats. Van Noy played 12 seasons of minor league ball until his 1960 retirement.
November 22: Tom Underwood, age 56.
November 27: Bill Werle, age 89.
The left-handed pitcher spent one
of his six major league seasons as a member of the Cardinals, having joined them
for the 1952 season. Werle, later a minor league manager and scout, appeared in
19 games while with
In addition, former St. Louis Browns players George Binks, Ray Coleman, Ken Holcombe, Bill Jennings and Al LaMacchia also passed away in 2010.
A tip of the cap to Baseball-Reference.com for background statistical information.
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