Duane Pillette Leaves the Field At Age 88

Posted May 10th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in Duane Pillette, Herman Pillette
Reason to Smile!

Ask a good question, get a GREAT answer.

Duane Pillette proved that possibility with a jaw-dropping 2010 response.

The fiery pitcher and son of a Major Leaguer (pitcher Herman Pillette) died last week at age 88. Duane signed until then end. One collector posted on http://www.sportscollectors.net/ that he received his autograph after reading the obituary.

I wrote about Pillette twice, first sharing my letter, then showing how he tried to restore a bit of civility to autographing.

The clock is ticking. Write to these witnesses to baseball history. They may want to pass the torch to YOU.

2 Responses to “Duane Pillette Leaves the Field At Age 88”

  1. Great entry. I too have a baseball blog, similar to yours, and I left a tribute to Mr. Pillette as well.

    He’ll be missed.

  2. ND says:

    In tribute to Pillette’s passing, I posted excerpts from a 2009 interview I did with him. I hope that you all enjoy reading it, he was a great guy.

    http://www.examiner.com/baseball-history-in-new-york/duane-pillette-second-generation-yankee-hurler-dies-at-88

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