Eddie Basinski, Who Played Both the Infield and the Fiddle, Dies at 99

Basinski, who spent time with the Dodgers and the Pirates, was a rare double threat: a major league ballplayer and a trained violinist.

Eddie Basinski, an infielder with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the 1940s who, in an unusual combination of abilities, was also a concert violinist, died on Saturday in Gladstone, Ore., near Portland. He was 99.

His death, at a care facility, was announced by his son Dave.

Basinski had been the second-oldest former major leaguer. George Elder, 100, an outfielder for the 1949 St. Louis Browns, is the oldest.

Basinski, who had taken classical violin lessons since childhood, played with the University of Buffalo’s symphony orchestra before

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