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Collinsville major leaguer hits the century mark

Sorry I am about a week late on this, but I was out of town...

A tip of the View From the Cheap Seats cap goes to Collinsville native and former big leaguer Tony Malinosky, who is credited with being the oldest living major leaguer. He celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 5.

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Collinsville native and former Brooklyn Dodger Tony Malinosky during his playing days.

Malinosky played in 1937 for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a shortstop and third baseman. He hit .228 in 35 games -- including hits off of Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell -- only to see his big league career permanently derailed by a knee injury. Malinosky kicked around in the minors for a few more years after that, but his country called during World War II and he served in the European Theater, including in the Battle of the Bulge.