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MELVIN DUEZABOU

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Melvin (Mel) John Duezabou Jan. 9, 1918 ~ April 6, 2010 Resident of Oakland A Bay Area sports legend died at age 92 after a short illness. He was born in Oakland to Hypolite and Mary (Rose) Duezabou. His parents died when he was a boy, and his Aunt Emma and Uncle Joe raised him. Mel attended Fremont High School in Oakland, where he lettered in three sports. He was a 1940 graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where he was captain of the Golden Bears baseball team. After college, Mel played professional baseball, which was interrupted by service as a U.S. Navy Officer during World War II. He returned to baseball and played for the Oakland Oaks of the P.C.L. until 1951. Mel was a starting outfielder for the legendary, pennant-winning 1948 Oaks team managed by Casey Stengel. His two most famous plays were a game-winning catch where he ran into the outfield fence at full speed and was knocked unconscious but held onto the ball; and a pre-game fight with an opposing pitcher. Mel had the Oaks' batboy hold his false teeth before he charged onto the field and decked the offending player, who towered over him by a foot. After his baseball career, Mel enjoyed a long career in the Automobile business and Real Estate sales. He continued to love sports. He was both a champion handball player and an avid golfer. He was a member of Sequoyah Country Club for over fifty years. Mel was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Derric DesMar-teau. He is survived by his loving wife Jackie (Jacquelyn Jean Hutton) Duezabou; daughter Susie DesMarteau; grandsons Chad and Sean DesMarteau; and son John Duezabou (Patti) and their children Brock and Amy Lowrance. A private memorial has been held. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, P. O. Box 23203 Oakland, CA 94623 (510) 444-8211 or your favorite charity.

Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 25, 2010
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