Buzzie Bavasi

Birthdate 12/12/1914
Death Date 05/01/2008
Debut Year 1951
Year of Induction
Teams Angels, Dodgers, Padres
Position Executive

Buzzie Bavasi got his start in baseball when Ford Frick recommended that Larry MacPhail hire him for an office boy position with the Dodgers.

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Oldest known signed Buzzie Bavasi letter -- 1939

Oldest known signed Buzzie Bavasi letter -- 1939

Buzzie Bavasi got his break from the powerful father of his prep school and college roommate, Ford Frick. Then the newly minted National League president, Ford Frick called old friend Larry MacPhail to recommend hiring Bavasi to an office boy position. Bavasi would parlay that opening into a lifetim
1954 Buzzie Bavasi Brooklyn Dodger letter

1954 Buzzie Bavasi Brooklyn Dodger letter

Buzzie Bavasi was a 49-year old Vice President and General Manager of the Dodgers when he signed this letter on July 15, 1954. Three years into the position, Bavazi would reach the pinnacle of his career the following season when the Dodgers brought home Brooklyn’s first and only World Series
1990 Buzzie Bavasi letter regarding Walter O'Malley

1990 Buzzie Bavasi letter regarding Walter O'Malley

Bavasi worked for the Dodgers from the 1930s through 1968. In this letter, Bavasi writes about Walter O’Malley and assesses O’Malley’s baseball exploits. “Walter was an outstanding businessman. Was not a baseball man, but relegated the baseball end of the business to myself and others that I hired…
File copy letter to Duke Snider re: 1959 WS rings

File copy letter to Duke Snider re: 1959 WS rings

After winning their first championship in Los Angeles, the Dodgers needed to get their players fitted for World Series rings. In this file copy letter Buzzie Bavasi writes to Duke Snider saying, “…it occurred to me some of the boys already have World Series rings…I thought
HoFer Duke Snider replies to Buzzie Bavasi's letter

HoFer Duke Snider replies to Buzzie Bavasi's letter

Duke Snider responds by telling Bavasi, “My ring size is 7 1/2 for my little finger.” In closing the letter, Snider writes, “I guess that’s all for now. The leg feels good and the weight is just over 200. I’ll be 200 or under by spring.” Though Duke’s best y
Ring size card for Dodgers 1959 World Series rings

Ring size card for Dodgers 1959 World Series rings

Not sure what your ring size is? You might want to use this card to find out. Given to the Dodgers to size their fingers for the 1959 World Series rings, this particular card bears the signature of Charlie Dressen, a lifelong baseball man who served as a coach on the ’59
Buzzie Bavasi was with the Dodgers from the 1930s until 1968

Buzzie Bavasi was with the Dodgers from the 1930s until 1968

Shown here is a 3×5 index card featuring the logo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s signed by Buzzie Bavasi, the Dodger general manager from 1951-1968. During this time he helped shape a Dodger roster that won the 1955 World Series, their only while in Brooklyn. The team went on to win the
Letter from Buzzie Bavasi, voting member of Veterans Committee explaining the choice of William Hulbert for the Hall

Letter from Buzzie Bavasi, voting member of Veterans Committee explaining the choice of William Hulbert for the Hall

How does someone from more than a century ago get elected to the Hall of Fame? Veterans Committee member Buzzie Bavasi shed some light on the process for William Hulbert in this letter to a curious fan. On March 18, 1995 Bavasi writes, “I
NL president Warren Giles writes to Buzzie Bavasi to help Grover Cleveland Alexander's wife

NL president Warren Giles writes to Buzzie Bavasi to help Grover Cleveland Alexander's wife

Ten years after Grover Cleveland Alexander retired, his widow was in dire financial straights as revealed here in a letter from Hall of Fame executive Warren Giles to Dodger VP Buzzie Bavasi. Giles quotes a letter received from Mrs. Alexander as he writes, “Frankly I am desperate
Son Bill Bavasi served as Angels GM - here's a letter from him

Son Bill Bavasi served as Angels GM - here's a letter from him

The Bavasi family tree has lots of Major League branches. His oldest son, Peter served as the first general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and later as the team’s president from 1978-1981 and later as  president of the Indians in 1986. Younger son Bill was Vice President
Envelope for the Bill Bavasi letter about Torborg

Envelope for the Bill Bavasi letter about Torborg

Notice the letterhead on the envelope and the postmark of October 26, 1996. The Angels would eventually hire Terry Collins as their manager. Torborg would eventually return to the field as skipper for the Montreal Expos in 2001, a job that would last until early in the 2003 season.

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