Best cook ever (sorry Grandma..)
An amendment to my last post: Danny was thee best cook (sorry Grandma)He made the best Rubens! And taught me as a child how to make 'Bullseyes' for breakfast! What are 'Bulleyes'?- Litwhiler secret! , love Grandson Mark.
I need to make an amendment to my last post. Grandpa was THEE best cook and made amazing Rubens! I remember when he taught me how to make 'Bullseyes". What are 'Bullseyes'? - Litwhiler secret! - love, Grandson Mark GO GREEN!
Wow.on the one year anniversary of Skip's death, all I can do is remember sitting in the dugout at Kob's feeling like a rock star! Plus, his stories, tutelage, and Grandfather figure I'll always cherish. The most extraordinary man I have ever met! So sorry Grandma Pat, I hope you can process this and pull through! You're a hardcharger and I know have ,at least,you have more strength than me.-we love you Skipper! love, Mark
To the family of Danny Litwhiler, my heartfelt condolences goes out to you all for the loss of your loved one. What has been a source of comfort is knowing that God is ready to heal all broken hearts. Psalms 147:3
My heart is filled with happy memories of Uncle Danny, here in Mahanoy City sitting at my mom and dads home with "his brother Sterling" sitting at the kitchen table Uncle Danny telling funny stories about baseball and dad telling jokes. I was a young girl at that time,I remember the room being filled with warm joyful times. It was an honer to have a Uncle with so much talent and knowlege to invent so many great things for baseball. Im sure your now with your mother and father and all you brothers and sister playing baseball again like it was back a lifetime ago in Ringtown, Pa. God bless you Uncle Danny and Aunt Pat and family. You will never be forgotten
Danny enriched all the lives of us here at the Hampton with his generous sharing of baseball stories. I followed his career all the way from 1941, he was and still is my baseball hero. I am delighted and honored that Pat has asked me to participate in his Memorial. Danny has now gone to the real "biggies" and I am sure the Great Skipper welcomed him. We will truly miss him---our love, to you Pat, Dan, and all the family. Harry and Shirley.
I went to school with Nancy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sept. 27, 2011
I had the good fortune to be the sports editor of the FSU student newspaper, "The Flambeau from 1958-60 and also to work in the sports information office under the legendary SID Pat Hogan. During that time I covered the FSU baseball team and traveled with it on those long bus rides. Danny Litwhiler took me under his wing providing me with information while teaching me baseball. They toss around terms like "Good Guy", but Danny really personified that term. He was not only a teacher of baseball, but a teacher of men. At FSU he led great players like Dick Howser, Frank Slusser and Ron Fraser. I always remember him talking getting the field ready after some rain with his "Diamond Grit". If I remember correctly, he made the all-time college baseball team at one time. He was truly one of a kind. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Pat and to the family.
Frank Ramos, FSU class of 1960
I grew up in Nescopeck, PA about 10 miles from Ringtown, where Danny was born.
I started my college days at Duke University, and after a half semester there, I received a call from Danny offering me a scholarship to come and play baseball with him at Florida State. He forever changed the course of my life, as there I met my wife of 52 years, and developed as a ballplayer to play professional baseball, and later go into coaching at the high school and college level for about 35 years. He was a fine example of how a gentleman conducts himself on and off the field.
We offer our sincere condolences to the family.
Frank & Sissy Slusser
I was sorry to hear of Danny's passing. He was friends with my grandfather (Jack Moore) when they lived in Florida. My grandfather spoke highly of him. A few years after my grandfather's passing, Danny was nice enough to talk with me through an exchange of letters about their contributions to baseball. I always regarded Danny very highly, and will treasure the memorabilia I have of his. My thoughts are with his family.
Mr.Litwhiler, was very dedicated to baseball. His passion cared over in other aspects of his life as well. He will be deeply missed,and my prayers are with the family during this difficult time in their lives.
Dear Pat and Family: I am sorry about the lose of Danny. In the near future God will awaken the dead to life on a paradise earth. Although Danny is asleep today, but one day soon the dead will live again. Stone Mountain, GA
Dear Pat and Family, I am sure glad I had the opportunity to visit with you and Skip at your Clearwater place a couple years ago during the Big Ten-Big East Challenge.It was great to have lunch with both of you.My prayers and thoughts are with you.Mike Olson,Peoria,Il.former MSU bASEBALL PLAYER 1967-69.
My husband Carlo and three daughters wish you peace and our sincerest sympathy.
Dear Pat and family,
I was fortunate to play for "skip" from 1977-80 and have far to many fond memories to share them all. But I must tell you, both his love for the game and for his players was what stood out to me. I loved visiting him in the office, talking to him at practice; his "speech" to me on the steps of Jenison was the turning point for me during our championship season. I was able to travel with him as part of the USA baseball team where I witnessed a great ambassador to the game at work. The game, his players, MSU all owe a debt of gratitude to Danny Litwhiler. May the peace of Christ, a peace which surpasses all understanding be with you all.
Dear Pat and family,
My condolences to you all. I really loved playing for "skip" and was fortunate to play on one of his championship teams - 1979, but what I remember most was traveling overseas with him while a member of the USA baseball team and how he got us all to relax and be okay with playing in front of packed stadiums (he told a few stories of course!) He loved the game of baseball and more importantly you could tell he loved his players. I will always be grateful for the time he took to help make me a better player and person. Pat, I still remember your kindness and the special framed picture. May the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding be with you at this time.
Pat, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with you and Danny, Sylvua & Hal Smeltzly
During my grade-school years I attended Cincinnati Reds games frequently. In the off season, Danny and his family lived in the Park Hills area of Kentucky. I was fortunate to meet him and his dear friend, Stan Musial in Devou Park one Sunday afternoon. It is a memory I cherish.
I am thankful that Danny gave me the opportunity to play college baseball at MSU. He was a great leader for the program, and each player that had the pleasure to be on his team. Being able to attend MSU has given me opportunities in life that I never could have imagined. I will be forever grateful.
See how long and full of a life you can live when you dont fool with steroids. Athletes of today should take a life lesson from this man. Gentle, humble, and living a right life. My sympathies to the family. He was a blessing.
Sorry to hear, Pat, It's been a long time since having contact with you. Our prayers are with you.---Danny made such WONDERFUL Ruben sandwiches, never had better--Gust&Ilene Sepeter
Danny lived a full life and he did what he enjoyed.May his family and friends draw comfort from the life Danny lived.May the God of all comfort be with his family.Acts24:15.
I'm emailing from Canada. Danny spent parts of eleven seasons in the big leagues however it was the time he spent playing in the Pacific Coast League at Sacramento and Oakland that interested me most. Twenty-three years ago Danny answered a questionnaire regarding those two years and I sure appreciated that.
I'm emailing from Canada. Danny spent parts of eleven seasons in the big leagues however it was the time he spent in the Pacific Coast League at Sacramento and Oakland that interested me most, Danny answered a questionnaire regarding those years, I appreciated that.
I was honored to initially know Danny while a student at FSU in the 50's. That acquaintance was renewed in the 80's when he would bring his MSU teams to stay at my hotel in McAllen,Tx. while having spring training at Pan Am University in Edinburg, Tx. We spent countless hours during those times talking baseball and mutal friends. I still wear a belt buckle he gave me with the USBF initials and logo. Our prayers are with good man. I just wish I knew many more of your caliber and mind. Carl Torsleff
Wow! What a legacy to leave behind. To the family of Danny Litwhiler, very sorry to hear of his death, you have my condolences. I believe such men as Danny was would be considered Renaissance men, a teacher, a player and an inventor, truly wonderful. You are in my prayers, James 5:11 "Look! We pronounce happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful."
Danny is well remembered...
I grew up in Bloomsburg and remember my Dad and my Brother talking about Danny. We were all so very proud, even if we didn't know him well--"local boy makes good!!!" A lot of my classmates from BHS-60 knew his son, Danny.I used to love to watch the guy who held the Radar Gun at Dodger Stadium---little did I know!!! Rest in Peace.
Edie Hartman Johnson
Danny was one of the few people you get to meet that cared about everyone and was the nicest guy I have ever had the good fortune to having as a friend for the past four years. I will miss you Danny.
I grew up in Lost Creek Pa,south of Ringtown by about 5 miles.My uncle Harry Carey who when young played against Danny and he took me and introduced me to Danny and Ron Northy (Mahoney City) who were barnstorming thru the coal regions playing local all star teams. What a great memory of him as I remember him givng me baseball tips. Both he and Ron were super nice and great ball players and men. Jack Carey Camp Hill pa formally of lost Creek Pa
I used to go to his baseball camps at Michigan State in the mid-late '70s. It was always a special week. After the morning sessions some of us would hang around the field and Danny would tell us stories about the old St. Louis Gashouse Gang and playing with Pepper Martin. He was a wonderful story teller and he had a special quality that made people feel comfortable being around him. He used to carry a fungo bat around all through practices. That image with his friendly smile is etched into my memory forever. RIP Danny, you will be missed.
Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord and let Perpetual light shine down upon him...a prince among men and now a saint in heaven...how fitting. We will always love you and the memories that you made with us. Carol, Mark and Andrea
Danny frequently came in to my father's shoe store and repair shop in Bloomsburg. As a little girl I remember him sitting on the shoe shine stand as my Dad shined his shoes. He came in to say hello whenever he was in town and my Dad was happy to see him. Retaining his Italian accent and pronunciation, he referred to Danny as Danny Litwhile. And that is how I remember him. May he rest in peace.
70 years is our life span. 80 with special mightiness. ( Psalm 90:10)Danny was blessed with 95 years of special mightiness. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
My prayers for Danny and PAt's families. We came to know them in FL at Cypress Run. He gave autographed baseball cards to our 2 FL baseball playing grandsons--very inspiring. A real treasure.
Danny and my father, Jack Moore were great friends while we all lived on Mayo Street in Tallahassee, FL. They worked together on a product now called "Diamond Dust" that players use to reduce the condensation on baseballs, their hands and gloves to enhance catching and throwing in damp and humid weather. Their names are now among those contributors to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. I still remember the two of them rolling the baseballs back and forth in our backyard in Tallahassee to test Diamond Dust out - and to their chagrin, chasing our Cocker Spaniel, Mamie, when she nabbed one of the balls. Danny was a wonderful man and we enjoyed our time with him and his family.
God Bless you
As a Graduate Student under Danny in 1981 and 1982 I learned more about the game of baseball than you can imagine. His inventions, career, and knowledge of the game is like no one else I know. Thanks again Danny. And I send my condolences to his entire family.
Dear Litwhiler Family, we are so sorry for your loss. My dad remembers playing a game against Danny in the 1950's when Danny hit a home run off of him that went so high my dad thinks it is still in orbit. God bless you all.
My condolences are for Danny Litwhiler family and friends during this sad time. May Jehovah be with all of you during this sad time.
Floyd Seaborn and Family Jollette, La.
I too am originally from Ringtown, Pa. Even though I was a baby when his career was going on, I still remember growing up hearing the name "Danny Litwhiler" and how famous he was. I bet he will be famous in heaven too. God Bless.
I saw many MSU baseball games in East Lansing with Danny as coach. He was a real leader that all players looked up to and admired. My condolences to Danny's entire family.
"In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years."(Psalms 90:10) Mr.Litwhiler contribution to baseball will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers.
Dear Patricia and Litwhiler Family,
Both my parents had became friends with Danny and you Patricia while they lived in New Port Richey FL.; they are Lee and Dorothy Brennan who have passed on themselves. They always had wonderful things to say about Danny and you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Nancy Brennan Matheson Reading, MA
I am originally from Ringtown and living in Daytona Beach now I always remember reading articles about Mr. Litwhiler. God be with you at this time.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May the God of all comfort give you peace during this difficult time.
I was fortunate to be able to sit with Danny in his apartment last Spring and exchange baseball stories with this terrific gentleman. What an honor. In Cincinnati, we kids called Danny "Mr. Nice Guy" because he was always happy to sign a baseball for us and we all admired his baseball talent.
Thanks Danny. You will not be forgotten.
To the the family of Danny Litwhiler - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
I will always miss you.To the family we know u all loved him but god loves him best.may god bless you all