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John Roseboro

John Junior Roseboro
Born: May 13, 1933 in Ashland, Ohio 
Died:  Aug. 16, 2002 in Los Angeles
Debut: 1957 | Pos: C
H: 5'11" | W: 190 | B: R | T: R

Yrs G AB Hits HR RBI SB BA
14 1585 4847 1206 104 548 67 .249

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John Roseboro, former Dodger catcher, will be remembered for his scuffle with a future Hall of Famer as much as anything he did on the field.

He died Aug. 16, 2002, in Los Angeles from unspecified medical problems at the age of 69.

Roseboro followed Roy Campanella as the Dodgers' full-time catcher, and played for the Dodgers from 1957-67.  He was a four-time All-Star and the starting catcher in the 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966 World Series, with the Dodgers winning the championship the first three times. 

Still, Roseboro will always be known for the attack on Aug. 22, 1965, at Candlestick Park.

Marichal contended Roseboro returned a pitch too close to his head while he was batting. The future Hall of Fame pitcher hit Roseboro over the head twice, opening a 2-inch gash that sent blood down the catcher's face. 

The Giants and Dodgers got into a fight that lasted for 14 minutes. 

NL president Warren Giles suspended Marichal for 8 games and fined him $1,750. He banned Marichal from traveling to LA for the final Giants-Dodgers series of the season. 

Roseboro said he did not provoke Marichal and sued him for $110,000. They later became friends and have appeared in golf tournaments and old-timers games.

After his career ended with Washington in 1970, he coached for the Senators in 1971 and for the Angels from 1972-74. He was a minor league batting instructor for the Dodgers in 1977-78, and a minor league catching instructor in 1987. 

Source:  Associated Press, Total Baseball