Date and Place of Birth: April 4, 1916 Nixa, Missouri
Died: July 13, 2005 Springfield, Missouri
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Arnold M “Mickey” Owen was
born on April 4, 1916 in
Owen jumped from Class D to Class AA with
his big league debut with the Cardinals on May 2, 1937 against
This was the beginning of a new era for Owen. In four pre-war seasons with the Dodgers he was named to the all-star team each year and in 1941 he committed just three errors all season for a .995 average. But despite being a solid defensive catcher, Owen will always be remembered for mishandling a Hugh Casey pitch in game four of the 1941 World Series that started the Yankees on their way to a comeback victory against the Dodgers.
played 24 games in 1945 before entering military service with the
Navy in May. Based at Sampson Naval Training Station,
19, 1945, he collected three hits – half his team’s total – in
leading Sampson to a 6-3 victory over the Curtiss-Wright team of
was discharged from service on April 12, 1946, and
expected to return to Brooklyn, but he failed to reach an agreement
with the Dodgers and signed a contract to be a player-manager with
In retaliation for the defections, Commissioner Happy Chandler sought a lifetime suspension for all the players involved, but the penalty was later reduced to three years and Owen returned to organized baseball – aged 33 – with the Chiacgo Cubs in 1949. He remained with the Cubs as a backup receiver until released at the end of 1951.
In 1952, Owen played for
Following his retirement as a player, Owen spent two seasons
(1955-56) as a Red Sox coach and managed briefly in the minor
leagues. He later worked for the Cubs as a scout before founding the
In 1964, Owen ran for
Mickey Owen lived the last years of his life in the
Missouri Veterans Home
Created May 9, 2008.
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