Download the SABR e-book honoring Mike Sandlock, baseball’s oldest former major-leaguer

In 2016, SABR’s Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter produced a book celebrating the life of Mike Sandlock, baseball’s oldest living former major-leaguer, 100: The 100 Year Journey of a Baseball Journeyman, Mike Sandlock, edited by Karl Cicitto.

Sandlock died at the age of 100 on April 4, 2016, just two weeks after chapter members presented him with a completed copy of the book. The book includes a biography of Sandlock — a switch-hitting catcher and infielder who spent parts of five seasons with the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Pittsburgh Pirates — recaps and box scores of Sandlock’s 10 most memorable games, interviews with two dozen of Sandlock’s former teammates, a “scrapbook” of Sandlock’s career, and letters from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy celebrating Sandlock’s 100th birthday in October 2015.

As Don Harrison wrote in Sandlock’s SABR biography, he “wasn’t a star at the major-league level, but he played with many who were.” He was a teammate of six Hall of Famers, including Warren Spahn and Ralph Kiner, and was managed by the legendary Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher. As a minor-leaguer in the Dodgers organization, Sandlock befriended many of Brooklyn’s fabled “Boys of Summer,” including Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Duke Snider, and he played a role in the development of fellow catcher Roy Campanella.

SABR members can purchase a paperback edition of the book for a discounted price of $10 (plus shipping) by contacting Karl at kcicitto@cox.net. Non-members can order the paperback at Amazon.com.

All baseball fans can also download a free e-book copy of the book by clicking on a link below:

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Learn more about the SABR Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter at smokyjoewood.com.



Originally published: April 5, 2016. Last Updated: April 27, 2020.

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