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Ex-Oriole Farmhand Passes

Posted: 2/14/2013 5:43 PM

Ex-Oriole Farmhand Passes 

For the oldtimers here who might remember:
Steve Demeter died last week at age 78. He was one of the best clutch hitters for Rochester from 1964-68...and he helped Earl Weaver win a pennant in his first year as manager in Rochester. Demeter was immensely popular...hit for power and decent average. Played a good 3rd base.He was involved in one of the most lopsided one for one trades in baseball history. He was traded for Norm Cash, who went on to have a very excellent career with the Detroit Tigers. Demeter only had around 24 AB's in the majors, with just 2 hits...but he was a terrific AAA ballplayer. In 1969 the Orioles took a gamble and left him unprotected, figuring no one would claim him....but was claimed and played for Syracuse. Rochester fans went ballistic.
Demeter would play 3 more seasons before retiring. he was named to the Red Wings and International League Halls of Fame.

 The Orioles never had room for Demeter because they already had a 3rd baseman by the name of Robinson!!

RIP Steve Demeter
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Posted: 2/15/2013 12:24 PM

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That's a name I had forgotten till I read your post. May he RIP and my best wishes to his family and friends.

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Posted: 2/15/2013 12:32 PM

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many old time Red Wings fans (like myself) consider Demeter to be perhaps one of the top 5 players to ever play in Rochester. (not counting guys who were here for one season or less)
Our Dean of sports always commented that he just never looked like a ballplayer...until he took the field.
Orioles totally underestimated his value when they thought they could sneak him thru waivers. the next day the headline in the paper screamed our displeasure.
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