Happy Birthday–July 11

Pop Schriver (1865)
Jimmy Slagle (1873)
Milt Stock (1893)
Bob Allison (1934)
John Sevcik (1942)
Ed Ott (1951)
Donne Wall (1967)
Andy Ashby (1967)

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Big Mak’s wife.

Outfielder William Robert "Bob" Allison played his entire career with the Washington/Minnesota franchise, beginning in 1958 and ending in 1970.  Born and raised in Raytown, Missouri, he attended the University of Kansas (where he starred in football as well as baseball) and signed with Washington as a free agent in 1955.  His minor league numbers were not all that impressive, although he did hit .307 in AA Chattanooga in 1958.  He got a September call-up that year and never went back to the minors again.  He was the starting center fielder for Washington in 1959, hit .261 with 30 homers, led the league in triples with nine, was Rookie of the Year and made his first all-star team.  He moved to right field in 1960, and while he did not match his numbers from his first year, he had another fine season.  He came to Minnesota with the team in 1961.  He stayed in right field through 1963, moved to first base in 1964, and moved to left field in 1965, where he stayed the rest of his career.  From 1961-1968 (excluding 1966, when he missed most of the season due to a broken left hand), he averaged .260 with 28 home runs, 21 doubles, and an OPS of .850.  He led the league in OPS in 1963 and made the all-star team in 1963-1964.  It shows the power of the Twins in those years that he was the second banana to Harmon Killebrew and then the third banana to Killebrew and Tony Oliva.  Allison fell to part-time status in 1969 and was largely a bench player in 1970.  For his career, Bob Allison hit   He chose to retire after the 1970 season.  He went to work for the Coca-Cola Company, becoming general manager of the company's Twins Cities Marketing Division.  He suffered from ataxia, a neurological disorder, and passed away April 9, 1995 in Rio Verde, Arizona.  The Twins now give the Bob Allison award for the Twins player who best exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit, and leadership both on and off the field.

Catcher John Sevcik had sixteen at-bats for the Twins in 1965.  He was Oak Park, Illinois, went to high school in Berwyn, Illinois, and then attended the University of Missouri.  He played for the Sturgis (SD) Titans in the Basin League in 1963, and was signed by the Twins as a free agent in 1964.  He was in Class A at Wisconsin Rapids that season, did fairly well, and found himself as the third catcher on the Twins in 1965, backing up Earl Battey and Jerry Zimmerman.  He appears to have been with the team the whole season--at least, he did not play in the minors and was in at least one major league game almost every month--but he played very sparingly.   He appeared in one game in April, one in May, six in June, one in July, two in September, and one in October.  He made only three starts.  In his 12 games, he went 1-for-16 with a walk and a sacrifice.  His hit was a double.  Sevcik went back to the minors after that season, staying in the Twins' organization through 1971.  He was a part-time player every season for them, averging 72 games and 232 at-bats.  His lifetime OPS in the minors was .683.  Sevcik's playing career ended after the 1971 season.  For several years, John Sevcik was living in San Antonio and was an executive for the Jim Beam company.  He is now retired and living in Austin, Texas.