Eddie Basinski Obituary – Death: Eddie Basinski filled in for Pee Wee Reese on the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played a pretty good fiddle, too. He has died at 99. Eddie Basinski, a former infielder in Major League baseball, passed away at the age of 99 on January 8th. . The Brooklyn Dodgers scouted him at a 1943 semi-pro game in Buffalo and signed him to a contract that included a $5,000 signing bonus. Listed at 6′ 1″, 172 lb., Basinski batted and threw right-handed.
He made his major league debut on May 20, 1944 on the road against the Cincinnati Reds. Starting at shortstop and batting eighth, he went 1–4, with his first hit a fifth-inning triple off Bob Katz, and later scoring on a single by Frenchy Bordagaray in a 6–1 win. He played in 39 games that year with 120 plate appearances, batting .257 with 4 doubles, a triple and 9 runs batted in.
In 1945 he played in 108 games with 262 plate appearances, batting .262 with 9 doubles and 4 triples. When many players returned from the war in 1945, he was sent to the minor leagues. In December 1946 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1947 he played in 56 games with 182 plate appearances. He batted .199 but hit the first 4 home runs of his career to go along with 33 runs batted in.
Eddie Basinski filled in for Pee Wee Reese on the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played a pretty good fiddle, too. He has died at 99.
In addition to his major league career, Basinski played with six different minor league clubs between 1944 and 1959, as well as for the Patriotas de Venezuela of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the 1951–1952 season. Basinski is a member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, as well as the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his lengthy career with the Portland Beavers—over 10 seasons.
He is the oldest living former player of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Following the death of Eddie Robinson in October 2021, he became the second-oldest living major leaguer, behind George Elder.