Alex George was the special guest of the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society on September 19, 2013 and shared his memories of playing for the Kansas City Athletics. Alex was born in Kansas City and attended Rockhurst high school where he excelled in athletics. He earned a scholarship to the University of Kansas to play both baseball and basketball, and shared with the group his experience when then KU basketball coach Dick Harp introduced him to Jayhawks player Wilt Chamberlain. A short time after arriving at Lawrence to attend school, the Kansas City Athletics offered Alex a contract after seeing him at an A’s tryout. At the encouragement of his father, Alex signed with the A’s and left the University. He commented that not getting to play on the same Jayhawk basketball team as Wilt was something he has always thought about.
Alex made his major league debut September 16, 1955 just days after signing making a pinch hit appearance against the Chicago White Sox. In this pinch hit appearance he faced White Sox pitcher Al Papai striking out and then took the field at shortstop. Alex appeared in 5 games with the Athletics in 1955, and recorded his first and only major league base hit on September 20th off of Detroit Tiger pitcher Duke Maas. He played in the Athletics minor league system from 1956 through 1962 making stops in Fitzgerald, GA, Seminole, OK, Pocatello, ID, Sioux City, IA, Albany, NY, Lewiston, ID, Shreveport, LA and Albuquerque, NM. In 1958 playing in the Class C Pioneer League with the Pocatello A’s, Alex hit .282 in 132 games with 157 base hits which included 21 doubles, 8 triples and a career high 23 home run’s. He shared his memories of the other former Kansas City A’s players that were his teammates in the A’s system, as well as players he played against that made it to the major leagues.
Alex has remained in the Kansas City area since his playing days, and is a great contributor to the KCBHS. We want to express our gratitude to Alex for being the special guest for the evening, and for what he has meant to the game and the history of baseball in Kansas City and for his continued support of the KCBHS!
Below Alex George poses with KCBHS member Tim Tush.
Daniel “Dan” Osinski
Former Kansas City Athletics pitcher Dan Osinski passed away on September 16, 2013 at the age of 79 in Sun City, Arizona. Osinski was born in Chicago, Illinois and was a tremendous athlete in high school lettering in football, basketball and baseball. In 1951 at the age of 17 Dan traveled to St. Louis to work out for the St. Louis Browns. The Cleveland Indians were in St. Louis to play the Browns, and while he was trying out Indians scout Wally Laskowski saw him and signed him to a major league contract. He played in the Indians minor league system from 1952 through 1956 advancing as high as AA. In 1957 he was drafted into the U.S Army, and served a term of two years. Being a free agent he signed with the Chicago White Sox playing in their minor league system from 1959 through 1961. After the 1961 season Osinski was selected by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1961 minor league draft and appeared in 4 games for the Athletics making his major league debut on April 11, 1962 at Municipal Stadium against the Minnesota Twins and shares the same major league debut date as Ed Charles. That season he also played for two A’s minor league teams in Albuquerque (AA) and Portland (AAA). While with Portland he was selected to the PCL All Star team and played in the All Star game against the Los Angeles Angels and caught the eye of the Angels General Manager Fred Haney. On July 21, 1962 Haney and the Angels acquired him from the Athletics for a player to be named later, with that player being pitcher Ted Bowsfield. Dan played for the Angels from 1962 through 1964, and then switched leagues playing the 1965 season for the Milwaukee Braves making 61 appearances with 6 saves. He played for the Boston Red Sox in 1966 and 1967 and was a member of the 67 Red Sox World Series team that faced the St. Louis Cardinals. Osinski pitched in two of the series seven games as the Sox were defeated by Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. He returned to the Chicago White Sox in 1968 spending that season with the AAA Hawaii Islanders and then in 1969 made 51 appearances for Chicago winning 5 games and collecting 2 saves. He finished his major league career in 1970 appearing in 3 ball games for the Houston Astros. After his career ended he worked as a banker and a car salesman. He also owned and operated a restaurant named Squire’s Inn in Oak Forrest, Illinois as well as owned a steel fabrication shop named DanO. In 1990 he retired to Arizona. The Kansas City Baseball Historical Society extends our sympathy to the family of Dan Osinski. He will always be remembered as a Kansas City Athletic.
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Presents Marty Pattin
The Kansas City Baseball Historical Society is pleased to announce that former Kansas City Royals pitcher Marty Pattin will be the special guest on Thursday November 21, 2013 at Danny Jacksons Incred-A-Bowl. Pattin pitched for the Kansas City Royals from 1974 to 1980, and during his 13 year major league career also pitched for the California Angels (1968), Seattle Pilots (1969),Milwaukee Brewers (1970-1971) and the Boston Red Sox (1972-1973). Please join us for an evening of fun and baseball stories from one of the greats in Royals franchise history.
There is no charge for current KCBHS members. Non-members are welcome to attend, but must join the KCBHS at the door (for the yearly membership dues of $25).
Please RSVP if you plan to attend, so the restaurant staff can plan accordingly.
When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 PM (we suggest you arrive early to dine)
Where: Danny Jacksons Incred-a-Bowl, 8500 West 151st Street, Overland Park, KS (in the Nook Room)
Special Guest: Marty Pattin
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