Friday, June 5, 2015

Danny Kravitz Was a Two Year YoYo

Danny Kravitz finished his major league career as a useful backup catcher in 1960 with the A's and was traded to Cincinnati. He played in 1961 for Jersey City, the Reds' AAA team, then for two years he bounces back and forth from Richmond {Yankees AAA} and Rochester {Orioles' AAA} with no trades mentioned. Lets' see what we can find.

The Lincoln Star of Feb. 15, 1962 has the following:

" The Richmond Virginians acquired catcher Danny Kravitz from San Diego of the Pacific Coast League in exchange for outfielder Jim Pisoni and utility infielder Tony Asaro."

Wait, San Diego? Yes. San Diego had just switched from the White Sox to the Reds.

Pisoni, from the Yankees, has no mention of this deal on his Baseball Reference major league page.

During the 1962 season, Kravitz heads to Rochester in a deal to help their battered catching staff according to the great "On a Silver Diamond" essay collection:

" Sisler moved quickly, picking up IL veteran receiver Danny Kravitz from Richmond for Joe Christian."

Another article says Kravitz was "expected back" by Richmond for the start of 1963, and a later "on a Silver Diamond" notes in 1963:

" Catcher Danny Kravitz was re-acquired from Richmond, giving the team a experienced receiver and sending Chris Krug back to the Cardinals."

I don't think this was a straight up swap as Krug went to Tulsa, the Cards' AA team, so the 1963 bounces are still mysteries.

Kravitz from Trading Card Database. Pisoni from

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