FORMER DODGER DEE FONDY DIES
Calif. (AP) - Dee Fondy, who played for the Chicago Cubs,
Fondy, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, died at Plymouth Village retirement center, said his youngest son, Joe Fondy.
was one of my favorite people,'' baseball commissioner Bud Selig
Fondy grounded out for the last out at Ebbets Field in Pittsburgh's 2-0
He hit .286 with 1,000 hits in eight seasons in the majors. Following his
``I ran into Willie Mays once and he said, `I've still got the bruises
Signed originally by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Fondy came to spring training
played in the Dodgers' farm system until being traded to the Cubs. He won a spot on their roster and his first major-league hit was a
traded to Pittsburgh in 1957, where midway through the season he led the National League with a .365 average. The next year he was
After his playing career, Fondy worked as a scout for the Mets and the
``He was as good a judge of talent as I've ever known,'' Selig said. ``He
Fondy, a native of Slaton, Texas, served in the Army during World War II and was part of the forces that landed on Utah Beach in Normandy in 1944, three months after D-Day. He received the Purple Heart.
Fondy's other surivivors are twins Jon Fondy and Jan Cornell of Las Vegas.
The funeral is Saturday in San Bernardino.