In Memory of Dan Osinski

The Arizona Republic
October 9, 2013
(as posted at Legacy.com)


(c) Houston Astros
Daniel Osinski, 79, of Sun City, AZ passed away on September 13, 2013. Dan was born November 17, 1933, the first child of Veronica Osinski and Anthony J. Osinski in Chicago, Illinois. Dan excelled in all sports and lettered in Football, Basketball, and Baseball all four years of high school. Dan was offered a football scholarship to the US Naval Academy but turned it down to play professional baseball.

Dan signed with the Cleveland Indian's Minor League team at age 17. Dan married Marguerite (Peggy) Frew, of Barrington, Illinois in July 1960. They had one child together, Daniel D. Dan and Peggy were married for 53 years. Dan and Peggy enjoyed many family gatherings and family vacations with their son Dan, wife Laurie and their grand children, which brought Dan great joy. Dan had a special bond with his youngest grandson, Devin. Devin and Grandpa Dan spent countless hours together and were best buddies.

Dan was one of the very first "Relief Pitchers," in baseball, where he was known as "The Silencer," by his colleagues and sports writers. Dan played for several Minor League teams before making his Major League debut on April 11, 1962. Dan played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, Los Angeles Angels from 1962-1964, Milwaukee Braves in 1965, and the Boston Red Sox from 1966-1967, where he was a member of the "1967 Red Sox Impossible Dream Team." During the 1967 World Series, Dan pitched in game 3 and game 7. In 1968, Dan was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Dan's final year in Major League Baseball was played in Houston, Texas for the Houston Astros. At the end of the season, Dan was traded to the San Diego Padres, but decided to retire to spend more time with his family.

Dan then opened his own restaurant named Squire's Inn, of Oak Forest, Illinois, as well as his own Steel Fabrication shop, named DanO. In 1990 Dan moved to Sun City, Arizona, for his second retirement, to play golf and enjoy the sun. Dan participated annually in the "Arizona Major League Alumni" charity fundraiser event. Dan will always be remembered for his kind and generous heart and his willingness to give away his last penny.

He is survived by his loving wife Peggy, son Dan and daughter-in-law Laurie of Phoenix, AZ. Dan has 4 grandchildren, Todd with wife Marilee, Keith, Shannon and Devin, as well as 1 great-grandson, Wyatt. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, and brother Ed. Memorial Service: October 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm, Talisman Hall, 10433 Talisman Rd, Sun City, AZ 85351