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Brewski
07-21-2013, 02:41 PM
Marv Rotblatt's name popped up when I was reading the paper today. Not the biggest name in team history, but a White Sox of long, long ago and a Chicago kid.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=marvin-rotblatt&pid=165972510&fhid=2000#fbLoggedOut

cards press box
07-21-2013, 04:10 PM
Marv Rotblatt went to Von Steuben high school and the University of Illinois and had his best year for the Sox in 1951 (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rotblma01.shtml) at the beginning of the Go-Go era.

LITTLE NELL
07-21-2013, 04:54 PM
He had a decent year in 51, anyone know why his career came to an abrupt stop?

chicagowhitesox1
07-21-2013, 05:28 PM
I can't find much on him. He played his last game in late July 1951 so maybe he got injured.

He did do well vs some Hall of Famers though.

Ted Williams 2 for 7
Joe DiMaggio 0 for 1
Mickey Mantle 0 for 2
Bobby Doerr 0 for 4
Phil Rizzuto 0 for 3
Joe Gordon 0 for 1

chicagowhitesox1
07-21-2013, 05:34 PM
He was traded to the Pacific Coast League (Seattle) in October 1951.

After looking up the 1951 Whitesox, I never knew ex 20 game winner Ross Grimsley of the Reds and Expos had a father who played for the Whtesox..

slavko
07-21-2013, 05:40 PM
The linked obit says he was injured. It also refers to him as the shortest pitcher ever in MLB. Can this be true? He was on the team when they were taking over the town.

soxfan1965
07-21-2013, 06:32 PM
Yes, injury apparently. Marv said he had elbow problems and his arm went dead.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-11-14/features/8802160658_1_pml-multifocal-kidney-transplant

SI1020
07-21-2013, 06:33 PM
The linked obit says he was injured. It also refers to him as the shortest pitcher ever in MLB. Can this be true? He was on the team when they were taking over the town. I wondered the same thing. Bobby Shantz, a very good pitcher who played from 1949-64 was listed at 5'6" 139. As for Rothblatt, Von Steuben was a basketball school into the 50s. I don't know how they did in baseball but grew up with two guys who were real good ball players there in the 60s. River Park had pretty good youth baseball leagues. I wonder if Rothblatt went to Hibbard or Peterson in elementary school. Congratulations to a short guy making it to the bigs, and my condolences to his family and friends.

DumpJerry
07-21-2013, 06:42 PM
The linked obit says he was injured. It also refers to him as the shortest pitcher ever in MLB. Can this be true? He was on the team when they were taking over the town.
He was 5'7" (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rotblma01.shtml)

sachin
07-21-2013, 10:46 PM
Yes, injury apparently. Marv said he had elbow problems and his arm went dead.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-11-14/features/8802160658_1_pml-multifocal-kidney-transplant

Well, now Marv and his arm have been reunited...

RIP Marv.

fungo bat
07-22-2013, 03:36 AM
I saw the obit in the Tribune Sunday morning. Shortest pitcher ever in MLB? I immediately thought of Bobby Shantz. Marv may have been one of the shortest in the modern era of baseball, but I think the claim of being the shortest ever is a reach.

In any case Marv, RIP. Nice to see a local boy of relatively short stature make it to the show. More impressive than his height (or lack of it) was that he apparently was the first pitcher to perfect the circle curve.

SI1020
07-22-2013, 09:27 AM
Yes, injury apparently. Marv said he had elbow problems and his arm went dead.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-11-14/features/8802160658_1_pml-multifocal-kidney-transplant Great find in digging up that old article.

chicagowhitesox1
07-22-2013, 04:02 PM
He was the first pitcher to use a golf cart to enter a game and he taught Branch Rickey the Round ball which triggered many pitchers to start throwing it.

soxfan1965
07-29-2013, 04:56 AM
More on Marv Rottblatt with info provided by his son - he was drafted into the army in 1951 during Korean War era:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-rotblatt-obit-20130729,0,826748.story?page=1

DrCrawdad
07-29-2013, 10:13 AM
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Interesting story in the Tribune article. Thing I learned from the article, if you have something you're successful with, be careful who you share that with.