Old Ballplayers Never Die

Jackson (Red) Hollis passed away last fall. Cancer finally got him out at the age of 90. He was a fixture at Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs, where he preached the gospel of baseball for even more seasons than he played the game professionally.

I wrote an homage to him last summer for our local paper near the end of the minor league season that sketches an outline of who he was and why he is missed.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opini...

Today I was reminded of him which led me to look him up (again) @ Baseball Reference. His extensive minor league resume includes seven stints at various levels of the Cub system without ever reaching the top.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/p...

I noticed the meter’s still running on his age. As of 12/28/18 he’s listed at 90 years and 334 days.

Extra innings...

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

I enjoyed the Register piece. On BR I see Red was a teammate of Chuck Connors on the 1952 PCL Los Angeles Angels!

glad this comment section is now open.  i also enjoyed it.

one of my time wasting hobbies is reading old newspapers (especially late 1800s early 1900s US papers) and occasionally i'll run across a story about a sports figure i'm not familiar with or some other interesting personality.  on more than a few occasions a web search has led to me to a story similar to the piece written about hollis.

it's really great to find closure out in the wild.

The Rifleman!

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  • Eric S 7 hours 14 min ago (view)

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  • Eric S 8 hours 5 min ago (view)

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  • Eric S 8 hours 9 min ago (view)

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  • videographer 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

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  • crunch 9 hours 43 min ago (view)

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  • Eric S 10 hours 11 min ago (view)

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  • Eric S 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

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  • Eric S 10 hours 47 min ago (view)

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  • First.Pitch.120 11 hours 31 sec ago (view)

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  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 20 min ago (view)

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  • VirginiaPhil 12 hours 28 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 12 hours 55 min ago (view)

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  • First.Pitch.120 13 hours 59 min ago (view)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 36 min ago (view)

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