NANTICOKE — Al "Doc" "Yogi" J. Cihocki has left the field and is again with his loving wife, of 64 years, Marie. He passed this Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Born in Nanticoke, Al was a baseball player. He played sandlot ball with his cousin, Steve Bilko, and Pete Gray. Notable teams he started on in the 1940s and 1950s were Batavia, N.Y., U.S. Coast Guard, Curtis Bay, Md., the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles, Bismarck, N.D., Albuquerque, N.M., San Antonio, Texas, San Juan and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Caracas, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.
In 1945, he played the infield with Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indians. He was the Baltimore Orioles' "Ironman" from 1946 to 1952, playing 850 games, which were the most of any minor league Oriole. As a player/manager he led Bismarck to two league championships.
Al retired from professional baseball in 1955 and coached baseball in Luzerne County. He assisted Steve Bilko with the King's College team and was head coach for 22 years at Luzerne County Community College. In addition, he retired from Chase Prison, Dallas.
He is survived by his sister, Margie Griffith; four sons, Albert, David, Richard and James; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke. Interment will be at St. Faustina/Holy Trinity Cemetery, Sheatown.