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John Vukovich, 1947-2007
2007-03-08 10:13
by Bob Timmermann

John Vukovich, who despite a career .161 batting average, played in parts of 10 seasons and on two World Series champs, and then served as a longtime coach (and interim manager) for the Phillies, passed away at age 59 today from the effects of a brain tumor.

Vukovich was on the 1975 Reds, but was traded to the Phillies in August. In 1980, Vukovich was joined on the squad by an unrelated player with the same surname, George Vukovich. The Cy Young Award winner for the Brewers was Pete Vuckovich.

Vukovich hit just six home runs in his career, but four of them were against a fairly august group: Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, Mickey Lolich, and Sparky Lyle. Vukovich's homer against Koosman was a game-ending homer.

2007-03-08 10:42:19
1.   StolenMonkey86
Vukovic was drafted in the first round in the January regular phase of the 1966 draft.
2007-03-08 11:52:55
2.   StolenMonkey86
Jayson Stark has a post on Vukovich (bah, I got inventive and left off the h in the last comment) which isn't blockaded like the standard insider stuff.
2007-03-08 11:58:44
3.   rbj
RIP, condolences to the family. I think I have one of his baseball cards.
2007-03-08 12:15:44
4.   das411
Farewell, Vuke.

Say hi to Whitey Ashburn and the Tugger for me :(

The story is nice too:

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