BRIEFS Former all-star Roseboro dies in Los Angeles

Associated Press

John Roseboro, an outstanding catcher for the Dodgers who was remembered as the victim of an astonishing bat-wielding attack by the Giants' star pitcher Juan Marichal during a game in 1965, died last Friday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 69.

Roseboro had been treated for a heart ailment, prostate cancer and strokes, The Associated Press reported.

In 1958, the Dodgers' first year in Los Angeles, Roseboro became the team's regular catcher after Roy Campanella was paralyzed in an auto accident. He played on three Dodgers teams that won the World Series and he was an All-Star three times with the Dodgers and once with the Minnesota Twins.

Roseboro, a native of Ashland, Ohio, made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957. He remained with the Dodgers, in Los Angeles, through 1967, then played two seasons for the Minnesota Twins and one year with the Washington Senators. A left-handed hitter, he had a career batting average of .249 and hit 104 home runs.


He was voted to the National League All-Star team in 1958, '61 and '62 and to the American League All-Star team in 1969. He was the starting catcher in the 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966 World Series, with the Dodgers winning the championship the first three times.

He was later a coach with the Washington Senators and the California Angels and a minor league instructor for the Dodgers. He owned a Beverly Hills public relations firm with his wife, Barbara, who survives him with a daughter, Morgan.

After years of bitterness, Roseboro and Marichal appeared together occasionally at old-timers' games and golf tournaments.

"Our friendship is very good," Marichal said in 1990, on the 25th anniversary of the bat attack.

Roseboro told The Los Angeles Times on that occasion that he had begun speaking to Marichal in the early 1980s because he felt the violent episode was keeping Marichal -- a winner of 243 games -- out of the Hall of Fame unjustly.


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