Posted by Matty from Flatbush
on Thursday, May 4th 2017:
Within the past week or so, Brooklyn sports fans lost three with NY or Brooklyn connections - Sam Mele, Louis Olmo and Kenny Sears.
I mainly remember Sam Mele as the manager of the Twins, including the 1965 season when they got to the World Series. He was from Queens and went to NYU but his cousin, Tony Cuccinello played for Brooklyn in the '30s although I only remember him as a coach for many teams. He lived to 95.
Louis Olmo played for the Dodgers in the '40s but was mostly known for jumping to the Mexican League in 1946. He was the second Puerto Rican player in the majors. (Hiram Bithorn was the first). He lived to 97.
Kenny Sears was a 6'9" stringbean who, along with Willie Naulls and Richie Guerin, were the only bright spots on some bad late '50s Knicks teams. He just passed at 83.
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