Charlie Osgood Had Baseball In His Bloodlines

Charlie Osgood, who made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 17 in 1944, died at age 87 on January 23, 2014.

According to SABR member Tom Hufford, Charlie was the nephew of Dodgers coach Clyde Sukeforth, and this was likely a factor in Charlie getting a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a teenager. Charlie had been one of the top schoolboy pitchers in Massachusetts.

Hufford also reported that Charlie’s brother, Robert, also a teenager playing professional baseball in the minor leagues, died of a heart attack before a game in 1948.

See story at the link below from examiner.com about Charlie:
http://www.examiner.com/article/charlie-osgood-teenage-pitcher-for-the-brooklyn-dodgers-dies-at-87

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