Connors January 23, 1914 - January 8, 2006
Mervin James Connors was
a remarkable athlete who had a long, distinguished professional career
in baseball, America's national pastime.
From 1934 through
1953 (with a two year interruption in 1944-1945 to serve his country
in the military), Mr. Connors played in over 2100 minor league games
and in 52 major league games with the Chicago White Sox. He played for
18 different minor league teams in 14 different leagues, amassing and
incredible 400 home runs and 1629 runs batted in, some of the highest
totals in baseball history.
In 1937 and 1938, Merv Connors played in
52 games for the White Sox. In one game in September, 1938, the tall,
rawboned first baseman, brought up from Shreveport of the Texas league,
came within a few feet of tying the all time major league home run mark
for one game. He blasted three consecutive home runs narrowly missing
another when his vicious line drive knocked out a light in the left
centerfield scoreboard at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Connors hit .355
for the Sox that year.
He was a lifetime member of the Association of
Professional Ball Players of America.
Connors was a decorated veteran
of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute
Infantry. He fought in battles in southern France, the Ardennes, the
Rhineland, Central Europe and North Africa. The recipient of several
medals and citations, including the Bronze Arrowhead and WWII Victory
Medal, Mervin received an honorable discharge in August, 1945.
a proud member of Teamsters Union local #70, and was retired from Verns
Trucking Service. He is survived by his loving daughter Judy Dildy of
Tyler, TX; grandchildren, Brian Dilby (Jaime) of Arlington, TX, and
Suzanne DeWeese (Bill) of Little Elm, TX.
He leaves his sisters, Ada
Scarsi of Moraga, CA and Esther Tuft of El Nido, CA. Mervin/s
wife, Leta Majorie Bishop-Connors predeceased him as well as his brothers
William F. Connors and Orville T. Connors. He leaves many nieces, grand
nieces and grand nephews. Mervin was a native of Berkeley, CA and graduated
from Berkeley High School in 1931. He was a member of St. Joseph's
Catholic Church in Berkeley.
Visitation will be held Friday, January
13, 2006 starting at 10:00am. Followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mervin's name
to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Addison St. in Berkeley.
Visitation and funeral service held at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont
Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.