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trsent
11-09-2012, 12:49 AM
Ok, let's try this in a thread instead of a new post each time someone passes.

I'll start with a couple:

Carmen Basilio Dies at 85; Took Title From Robinson

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Carmen Basilio, the welterweight and middleweight boxing champion of the 1950s who fought two brutal bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson, winning his middleweight title and then losing it to him, died on Wednesday in Rochester. Basilio, who lived in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, was 85.

His death was announced by the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., where Basilio was born. He was among its first class of inductees in 1990.

They called him the Upstate Onion Farmer — his Italian immigrant father worked the onion fields near Syracuse — but from the time he was a youngster, Basilio wanted nothing more than to be a pro boxer. He became a champion with an unrelenting style of attack, willing to take punishment as well as dish it out.

“There was no one with more determination than Carmen,” his trainer Angelo Dundee, one of boxing’s most renowned cornermen, was once quoted by The Boston Globe as saying.

In September 1957, Basilio, who held the welterweight championship, stepped up a weight class when he challenged Robinson for his middleweight title before a crowd of 38,000 at Yankee Stadium.

Basilio had resented Robinson ever since their brief encounter four years earlier in Midtown Manhattan.

“He pulled up with his entourage with his big Cadillac,” Basilio recalled in an interview with the Cyber Boxing Zone Web site. “I was walking past, so I decided to go over and introduce myself. I said: ‘Hi, Ray, I just fought Billy Graham the week before, the No. 1 welterweight. I’m Carmen Basilio.’ He gave me the brushoff, and I felt about an inch high.”

Basilio won the middleweight title in a split decision over Robinson, who, pound for pound, was widely considered the best boxer in history.

Robinson almost floored Basilio with a left hook near the end of the 13th round, and he delivered a right hand to the body near the close of the 14th round that left Basilio reeling. But Basilio, displaying his customary grit, pressed forward in the 15th round, punching away steadily.

Basilio’s craggy face was a mess when he met with reporters in the locker room. He had a heavy gauze bandage protecting a cut along the outer edge of his left eyebrow, and his eyes were slits from large welts on his cheek bones. He was rubbing a chunk of ice in a towel across his bruised lips.

“I figured my aggressiveness gave me the edge,” he said.

Basilio was required to give up his welterweight title when he won the middleweight crown, but he was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1957.

He lost the middleweight title to Robinson at Chicago Stadium in March 1958 in another split decision after fighting with his left eye virtually closed from the seventh round on, a victim of Robinson’s right hook. Basilio rallied with left hooks to the body in the 9th and 10th rounds, but it was not enough to keep Robinson from winning the middleweight championship for a fifth time.

Carmen Basilio was born on April 2, 1927, in Canastota, about 25 miles east of Syracuse, and was one of 10 children. His father was “a fight nut,” he recalled, who bought his sons boxing gloves. Basilio boxed in the Marine Corps during World War II, then made his pro debut in 1948.

His first title fight came in 1953, when he scored a second-round knockdown of the welterweight champion Kid Gavilan but lost a 15-round decision.

He won the welterweight championship in June 1955 with a 12th-round knockout of Tony DeMarco, then stopped DeMarco again in Round 12 of a rematch. He lost the crown on a decision to Johnny Saxton in March 1956, then regained it and defended it against Saxton, knocking him out each time.

After his second match with Robinson, he fought only occasionally and made three unsuccessful bids to win a middleweight title again, losing twice on knockouts to Gene Fullmer and on a decision to Paul Pender in 1961, his last fight.

He had a career record of 56 wins (27 by knockout), 16 losses and 7 draws.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame was built in part as a tribute to Basilio and his nephew Billy Backus, who held the welterweight title in the early 1970s. The Hall contains bronze busts of Basilio and of Backus, who is not an inductee.

After retiring from boxing, Basilio, a high-school dropout, taught physical education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He also worked in public relations for the Genesee Brewing Company. Basilio’s wife, Josie, traced his decline in health to heart bypass surgery in 1992, The Associated Press reported. A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed no brain damage from his prizefighting days, she said.

In May 2009, Canastota High School, where Basilio was once a member of the boxing team, presented him with a diploma in recognition of his achievements.

Basilio is survived by his wife, four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle said.
Basilio said he had no regrets, despite all the tattooing his face and body took.

“I don’t enjoy getting hurt, waking up with a puffed eye and pain, stiff all over,” he told Sports Illustrated as he neared the end of his career. “But you have to take the bitter with the sweet. The sweet is when guys recognize you on the street, say, ‘Hello, champ,’ know who you are. It will always be sweet for me.”

trsent
11-09-2012, 12:54 AM
Darrell Royal, legendary Longhorns coach, dies at 88

The journey to college football royalty began with a cross-country commute in a pickup truck driven by a one-armed stranger.

Darrell Royal, 15, packed all his worldly goods in a box that once held a Victrola record player and paid $10 -- a significant sum during the Great Depression -- to return to his hometown of Hollis, Okla., and escape an existence built around performing odds jobs to make ends meet with his displaced family in California.

Back in Hollis, the teenager had a place to stay with his grandmother. In the box, he had a letter from the football coach, Dean Wild, confirming a job at a Ford dealership that paid $5 per week and offered Royal the opportunity to rejoin the high school team. Royal said the letter was all the encouragement he needed to try to reshape his life around football.

From those humble beginnings, Royal went on to become an iconic football coach at the University of Texas, winning three national championships after an All-America playing career at Oklahoma.

Royal, 88, died Wednesday in Austin but left behind legions of admirers from both sides of the Red River and across the country. At the height of his coaching career, Royal ranked "right up there with the Alamo" in terms of Texas icons, said Dan Jenkins, a renowned author and sportswriter from Fort Worth who serves as the official historian of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

Jenkins, a TCU graduate, covered Royal's teams for both the Fort Worth Press and Sports Illustrated. He watched Royal fashion a 167-47-5 record in 20 seasons with the Longhorns (1957-76), claiming national championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970.

"If you did a Mount Rushmore with the faces of college football people from Texas, Darrell would be on there," Jenkins said. "[SMU's] Doak Walker would be one. [TCU's] Sam Baugh would be one. The fourth person, you could take your choice. But those three are inarguable."

Royal's popularity was not limited simply to those who rooted for the Longhorns, said former Baylor coach Grant Teaff, because Royal never lost touch with lessons learned during his Depression-era childhood.

"He never big-dogged anyone like people with his status could have done," said Teaff, now the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. "He's always been one of the finest men in the coaching profession. The totality of what he accomplished at Texas will rank up there in the top 10 of all-time coaches. And that's a big mouthful when you can say that."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former yell leader at Texas A&M, called Royal "the face of football in the Lone Star State for a generation of Texans. ...I join Texans everywhere in mourning his loss."

Known as much for his down-home values and clever quotes as the triple-option wishbone offense that triggered a 30-game winning streak (1968-70), Royal had been battling Alzheimer's disease and recently fell at an assisted living center where he was receiving care. In 23 seasons as a college coach, including stops at Mississippi State and Washington that preceded his tenure at Texas, Royal never posted a losing record.

His Texas teams won 11 Southwest Conference titles, 10 Cotton Bowl championships and undisputed national titles in 1963 and 1969. The Longhorns also won UPI's version of the 1970 title, with the AP version going to Nebraska. The year before Royal arrived, the Longhorns posted a 1-9 mark in 1956.

"Back in those days, he made all the difference in the world in Texas being a top team and just one of many," said Fort Worth oilman W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, a longtime Texas booster and former regent.

Royal's shadow will hover over Saturday's game in Austin between No. 17 Texas (7-2, 4-2 in Big 12) and Iowa State (5-4, 2-4), to be played at the stadium renamed in Royal's honor in 1996. Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns will run their first play from Royal's signature wishbone formation, with players also wearing "DKR" decals on their helmets. A public memorial service is set for Tuesday at the Erwin Center in Austin.

Royal, who also served as Texas' athletic director from 1962-79, was instrumental in helping Brown land the Texas job after the 1997 season. Brown said Wednesday that Royal's passing meant he lost "a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero."

Throughout his coaching tenure, Brown has stressed that Royal's legacy always will be the defining one at Texas even though Brown's record -- 148-41, with a 2005 national championship -- would be considered the gold standard at many schools.

"College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man," Brown said in a statement. "I can hardly put in words how much coach Royal means to me.... Coach gave so much more to the state of Texas and college football than he took away. He forgot more football than most of us will ever know, including me. His impact on ...the millions of lives he touched is insurmountable."

The list includes country music artist Larry Gatlin, who credited Royal with convincing him to enter an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic -- and then escorting him there -- in 1984. Years later, Gatlin said: "I believe I would be dead if not for Darrell."

The quick-witted Royal coined many famous phrases during his career. Explaining why he relied on a ground-oriented offense rather than an aerial attack, Royal quipped: "Three things can happen when you pass and two of 'em are bad."

Later in his career, he explained that he would not abandon a run-oriented attack because you've got to "Dance with the one who brung ya."

Royal is survived by his wife, Edith, and a son, Mack. The couple had two other children, daughter Marian, who died in 1973, and son David, who died in 1982.

trsent
11-09-2012, 02:08 PM
Lee MacPhail dies at 95 in Florida

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Baseball's Hall of Fame says former American League president Lee MacPhail has died at 95.

MacPhail died Thursday night at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He had been the oldest Hall of Famer.

MacPhail was part of one of baseball's most famous families. He followed his father into the Hall and his son became a top executive for several major league teams.

MacPhail was the son of Larry MacPhail, who was president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, CEO and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and co-owner, president and GM of the New York Yankees.

Lee MacPhail was GM and president of the Baltimore Orioles and general manager of the Yankees before serving as AL president from 1974 through the 1983 season.

trsent
11-13-2012, 11:05 PM
Former Eagle Joe Sutton dies at 88

Joe “Bud” Sutton, a Philly native who recorded 13 interceptions in just three seasons with the Eagles and one of the oldest surviving Eagles, died Monday. He was 88.

Sutton was born in Philadelphia on April 24, 1924, and attended Northeast Catholic High School, leading the Falcons to the city championship in 1942.

After graduating, Sutton served in the Army in the 131st battalion in World War II. Upon returning, he attended Temple University.

Sutton began his NFL career in 1949 with the Bills, but he really made his mark on the league in his first season with the Eagles, recording eight interceptions in 1950, the most of any undrafted player in the NFL that year.

Sutton ranked sixth in the NFL with eight interceptions in 1950, and that remains the sixth-highest single-season interception total in Eagles history, surpassed only by Bill Bradley (11 in 1971 and nine in 1972), Bibbles Bawel (nine in 1955), Don Burroughs (nine in 1960) and Asante Samuel (nine in 2009).

Sutton added two more INTs in 1951 and three in 1952. He also played offensive halfback at times, and averaged 7.0 yards on nine career carries,12.6 yards on five receptions and averaged 9.1 yards on 39 punt returns, 20.6 yards on five kick returns.

In the first quarter of Bills-49ers game on Oct. 16, 1949, at Kezar Stadium in downtown San Francisco, Sutton scored his only career touchdown, a 21-yard catch from Bills quarterback George Ratterman.

Sutton is survived by his wife, Patricia, and their three children; son, Jack and daughters, Cheryl and Nancy.

sox83cubs84
11-17-2012, 07:40 PM
Gail Harris, a 1B for the New York Giants (1955-57) and Detroit Tigers (1958-60) died on November 14th at age 81.

Harris' best season was in 1958, when he played in 134 games for Detroit, clubbing 20 HRs and driving in 83 while hitting .273.

Dave Miedema

trsent
11-22-2012, 05:19 AM
Dick Felt passed earlier in the week:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=dick-felt&pid=161167395#fbLoggedOut

ironmanfan
11-22-2012, 10:38 AM
Gail Harris, a 1B for the New York Giants (1955-57) and Detroit Tigers (1958-60) died on November 14th at age 81.

Harris' best season was in 1958, when he played in 134 games for Detroit, clubbing 20 HRs and driving in 83 while hitting .273.

Dave Miedema

I will also add that Mr. Harris was also that last New York Giant to hit a HR

trsent
11-24-2012, 03:20 AM
Kaspars Astašenko passed away:

http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/recap/7333.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=187&cHash=c0f7ef36a8

Also, Olympic medalist Nelson Prudencio passed:

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2012/11/23/brazilian-olympic-medalist-nelson-prudencio-dies/

trsent
11-24-2012, 03:23 AM
I was saddened by the shooting of Hector Macho Camacho earlier in the week and it appears they are going to remove him from life support later today:

http://www.boston.com/news/world/caribbean/2012/11/24/end-nears-for-shot-boxer-hector-macho-camacho/c0FV3jCmswPgwCtE6Tm8bJ/story.html

joelsabi
11-27-2012, 11:26 AM
MLB union leader Marvin Miller passed away.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2012/11/27/marvin-miller-mlb-union-dies-95/1729231/

It is sad that he was never inducted to the HOF while he was alive.

trsent
11-27-2012, 11:42 PM
Busy week - Catch-up below:

Jim Temp Packer Legend:

http://blog.packers.com/2012/11/26/jim-temp-former-packers-player-and-executive-committee-member-dies-at-79/

Hilltopper All-American Carlisle Towey:

http://www.wbko.com/sports/headlines/Hilltopper-All-American-Carlisle-Towery-Dies-181118841.html?ref=841

APSU Baseball Great & Ten Year Major Leaguer Jimmy Stewart Dies:

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/viewart/20121126/SPORTS/311260027/APSU-baseball-great-Jimmy-Stewart-dies

Buffalo Bills Great Ernie Warlick Dies at 80:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8674035/ernie-warlick-former-buffalo-bills-tight-end-dies-80

Chuck Diering, Former Cardinals Outfielder, Passes Away:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1420283-chuck-diering-former-cardinals-outfielder-passes-away

Former White Sox Hal Trosky Jr. Passed Away:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-bbo--obit-hal-trosky-jr-20121125,0,6850263.story

trsent
11-27-2012, 11:44 PM
Missed One:

Ken Rowe, Former Orioles Player and Pitching Coach, Passes Away:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1424250-ken-rowe-former-orioles-player-and-pitching-coach-passes-away

sox83cubs84
12-01-2012, 02:16 PM
Two passings from the gridiron:

Jevon Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder/suicide in which he killed his girlfriend, then drove to the Chiefs practice facility and shot himself. He was 25

Dean Brown, an OT on the 1988 NCAA Champion Notre Dame team, died of an upper respiratory illness. He was 44.

Dave Miedema

jake33
12-01-2012, 10:36 PM
With Javon Belcher, iw as curious to see how long it too JO SPorts to put on his jersey(s) on ebay, took less than 2 hours.

cliffjmp33
12-01-2012, 10:51 PM
Just saw that Rick Majerus (Utah/Saint Louis) passed away from heart ailment. I'll reserve comment about him overall, but he was a great basketball mind and college basketball will miss him.

joelsabi
12-03-2012, 08:58 AM
Just saw that Rick Majerus (Utah/Saint Louis) passed away from heart ailment. I'll reserve comment about him overall, but he was a great basketball mind and college basketball will miss him.

I remember him for his great teams with Keith Van Horn,, Michael Doleac, and Andre Miller. RIP

sox83cubs84
12-05-2012, 04:15 PM
Rogelio Alvarez, a Cuban who left the island and came to America, died November 30 at age 74.

Alvarez had short stints as a backup 1B with the Reds in 1960 and 1962. He was dealt to the Senators in the winter and, while appearing on a 1963 Topps Rookie Stars card as a Senator, never made the big club.

Dave Miedema

trsent
12-07-2012, 05:15 PM
Grady Allen, Atlanta Falcons Lineman passed:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8708381/grady-allen-father-oakland-raiders-coach-dennis-allen-dies

John Ward Oklahoma and NFL player passed:

http://www.examiner.com/article/oklahoma-state-all-american-wrestler-football-star-john-ward-dead-at-64

sox83cubs84
12-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Jerry Brown, a LB and a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and an alum of Illinois, died in an automobile accident Saturday. Brown had played 1 game with the Colts this season before being released in October.

The driver of the vehicle, teammate Josh Brent, survived but has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Dave Miedema

trsent
12-13-2012, 03:02 AM
Former Atlanta Falcon John Small -

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/article-1/Former-Falcon-John-Small-Dies-at-66/7f580a8a-e942-42fd-a23b-64ca4f22baff

Chicago Boxing Legend Johnny Lira -

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-11/sports/chi-chicago-boxing-champ-johnny-lira-dies-20121210_1_ernesto-espana-usba-wba

LPGA Tour 9 Time Winner Colleen Walker -

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/colleen-walker-dead-lpga-cancer_n_2281537.html

sox83cubs84
12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
From Baseball and Boxing:

Former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore, 55, died Monday of complications from injuries sustained in a motorcycle attack. Pastore pitched from 1978-85 with the Reds, going 13-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 1980. He spent one final year in 1986 pitching for the Twins.

Arnaldo Mesa, a bantamweight boxer from Cuba, died Monday at age 46. Mesa won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Dave Miedema

xpress34
12-18-2012, 05:19 PM
From Baseball and Boxing:

Former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore, 55, died Monday of complications from injuries sustained in a motorcycle attack. Pastore pitched from 1978-85 with the Reds, going 13-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 1980. He spent one final year in 1986 pitching for the Twins.

Arnaldo Mesa, a bantamweight boxer from Cuba, died Monday at age 46. Mesa won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Dave Miedema

Dave -

Not to make light of the deceased, but did you mean Motorcyle ACCIDENT or was he actually ATTACKED by or with a Motorcycle?

- Smitty

sox83cubs84
12-19-2012, 07:55 PM
Dave -

Not to make light of the deceased, but did you mean Motorcyle ACCIDENT or was he actually ATTACKED by or with a Motorcycle?

- Smitty

I meant ACCIDENT. My brain fart...sorry.

Dave M.

chakes89
12-22-2012, 11:59 PM
Former Reds OF Ryan Freel passed away today at the age of 36 after an apparent suicide

RIP Ryan, you will be missed

frikativ54
12-23-2012, 12:47 AM
Former Reds OF Ryan Freel passed away today at the age of 36 after an apparent suicide

RIP Ryan, you will be missed

Poor guy. It's sad how rough things can be sometimes. :(

justinwc80
12-23-2012, 02:05 PM
RIP Freely

sox83cubs84
12-28-2012, 04:25 PM
Two from football, one NCAA, 1 NFL:

Joe Krivak, the coach of the football team at the University of Maryland from 1987-91, died at age 77.

His time as a head coach was unremarkable, but before that he was a quarterbacks coach who tutored the likes of Boomer Esiason and Fran Reich.

Larry Morris, a linebacker who played predominantly for the Bears, died at age 79 due to complications from dementia.

Morris played for the Rams from 1955-57, and then, after missing a year, played for the Bears from 1959-65, winning the MVP Trophy for the 1963 NFL Championship Game in which the bears defeated the Giants. He finished up in 1966 as an inaugural year Atlanta Falcon.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
01-01-2013, 03:51 PM
Jerome Whitehead, who played for 6 NBA teams over 11 seasons, died at age 56 from a gastrointestinal hemhorrhage brought on by alcohol abuse.

Whitehaed was part of the 1978 Marquette Warriors NCAA BSKB Championship team. He was selected in that summer's draft by the San Diego Clippers. It was with the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors that he spent most of his career.

Dave Miedema

xpress34
01-01-2013, 11:52 PM
Brad Corbett - former owner of the Texas Rangers passed away on Christmas Eve.

Former-Texas-Rangers-Owner-Brad-Corbett-Dies-at-75 (http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/red-fever/Former-Texas-Rangers-Owner-Brad-Corbett-Dies-at-75-184749771.html)

I met him once at a game when I was a kid and he bought my friend and I sodas and popcorn and had the ushers sit us down by the dugout in box seats!

- Smitty

sox83cubs84
01-04-2013, 05:29 PM
Deaths of two pre-expansion short-term Major leaguers:

George O'Donnell, a pitcher for the 1954 pirates, passed away on December 19th at age 83. He was 3-9 with a 4.53 ERA in his only season.

Boyd Bartley, a wartime Brooklyn Dodger, died December 21st at age 92. He played for Dem Bums in 1943, appearing in 9 games wih one hit and one RBI.

Dave Miedema

EricTheRed44
01-06-2013, 02:30 PM
Jeff Lewis - former Broncos bacukup QB

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Northern Arizona assistant coach Jeff Lewis, a former Lumberjacks quarterback who played for Denver and Carolina in the NFL, died Saturday. He was 39.
Northern Arizona confirmed Lewis' death. The school didn't provide a cause of death, saying only that Lewis died Saturday in Phoenix.
Lewis was Northern Arizona's wide receivers coach. As a player at the school from 1992-95, Lewis completed 785 of 1,315 passes for 9,639 yards and 67 touchdowns. He was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame in 2003.
''Today is a very sad day for the Lumberjack football family,'' Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers said. ''Jeff was one of the best Lumberjacks of all time and a valuable member of our program.''
Lewis appeared in five games for the Broncos in 1996-98 and seven with the Panthers in 1999-2000. He completed 28 of 54 attempts for 210 yards and threw two interceptions.
''We are deeply saddened by the death of former Broncos quarterback Jeff Lewis,'' the Broncos said in a statement. ''Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Jeff's family and friends.''
Lewis also coached three seasons at Louisville, serving as an offensive administration assistant in 2007 and 2008 and wide receivers coach in 2009.

sox83cubs84
01-11-2013, 05:03 PM
Mirko Jurkovic, a backup DT on the 1988 Notre Dame National championship team, died Wednesday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 42.

Mirko was drafted by the bears in 1992, and also was in camp with Green Bay in 1994, but was cut both times. His brother, John, a former NFLer, is currently the co-host of the Carmen, Jurko and Harry Show on WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
01-11-2013, 05:45 PM
Jim Cosman, a pitcher with brief time in the majors over 3 seasons with 2 teams, died January 7 at age 72.

Cosman pitched for the Cardinals for 2 years, winning his only game in 1966, and going 1-0 in 10 games in 1967. He resurfaced for the final time in the bigs with 1 appearance for the Cubs in 1970.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
01-17-2013, 04:38 PM
Bubba Harris, a RHP primarily for the Philadelphia A's, died January 12 at age 86.

Harris pitched for the A's in 1948-49 and 1951, going 5-2 in his rookie season. He finished up 1951, and his MLB career, hurling in 2 games for the Indians.

Dave Miedema

trsent
01-17-2013, 06:34 PM
Minnesota Lynx executive Conrad Smith dies


Minnesota Lynx chief operating officer Conrad Smith died late Wednesday night, Jan. 16, after a three-year bout with brain cancer. He was 56.

Smith was a 27-year veteran of professional sports administration, beginning with the Minnesota Strikers indoor soccer team in 1986. In between were stints with the Minnesota North Stars, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves, for whom he was vice president of business development.

He became the Lynx's COO on Nov. 19, 2008.

With the Lynx, he oversaw ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, marketing, advertising and public relations.

"He was truly a pleasure to work with," Lynx public relations manager Alex King said. "He was such a lively personality. Anyone who ever worked with him will tell you he's one of the best to be around and to work with. It won't be the same around the office without him."

A passionate Twin Cities sports fan, he saw a dream come true in 2011 when the Lynx won the WNBA championship.

He is survived by his wife, Carla, and three children.

sox83cubs84
01-28-2013, 07:02 PM
Fred Talbot, pitcher in the American league from 1963-70, died January 11 at age 71.

Talbot, in addition to playing most of 1969 for the Seattle Pilots, also saw mound action for the White Sox, Athletics (both KC and Oakland) and Yankees. He never finished a season over .500, but did finish at .500 in 1966, a season split between the A's and Yankees, in which he went 11-11.

Dave Miedema

xpress34
01-31-2013, 08:36 AM
Chuck Hinton - founder of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association - has passed away at 78.

Alumni Association founder Hinton passes away at 78 (http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130130&content_id=41262418&vkey=news_tex&c_id=tex)

sox83cubs84
01-31-2013, 06:02 PM
Ed Bouchee, former IF with the Phillies, Cubs, and Mets from 1956-62, died January 23 at age 79. Bouchee was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1957, and is believed by many card collectors to be the player pictured on the 1958 Topps card #145 that was pulled from distribution beofre the cards were issued. He also was an original New York Met in 1962.

Dave Miedema

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1962-Topps-Mets-ED-BOUCHEE-497-EX-MT-/00/s/ODc4WDY0NA==/z/rSMAAMXQbXtRBvPt/$T2eC16V,!)0E9s37GHCPBRBvPtOv2g~~60_57.JPG

sox83cubs84
02-02-2013, 03:08 PM
Two briefly rostered MLBers passed away in late January.

Barney Mussill, a LHP for the 1944 Phillies, died January 27 at age 93. He threw in 16 games, going 0-1.

Harry Taylor, a RHP for two games (0-0) for the 1957 Kansas City A's, died January 24 at age 77.

Dave Miedema

trsent
02-09-2013, 01:42 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/crosswords/bridge/ira-rubin-champion-bridge-player-dies-at-82.html?_r=0

Tragic, no one respects the card players but truley a sports legend!

012562
02-10-2013, 09:18 PM
I always appreciate the updates listed here.

On January 30, 2013, former Angels, Colt .45's, and Pirates pitcher George "Red" Witt passed away. He played MLB from 1957 to 1962. His passing was listed in the Orange County Register newspaper obituaries this past week.

Tom

sox83cubs84
02-10-2013, 10:04 PM
Shelby Whitfield, the play-by-play voice of the expansion Washington Senators in 1969-70, died Friday at age 77.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
02-11-2013, 05:45 PM
Three from MLB, and a fourth from the AAGPBL:

Bill Glynn, 1B for the 1949 Phillies and the 1952-54 Indians, died on January 15 at age 87.

Steve Demeter, who made brief appearances with the 1959 Tigers and 1960 Indians, died February 3 at age 78. He is survived by, among others, his brother, 1960s MLB OF Don Demeter.

Tony Pierce, a LHP for the 1967 Kansas City A;s and the 1968 Oakland A's, died January 31 at age 67.

Pepper Davis, a catcher for 10 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, died February 2 at age 88. She was the player upon whom Genna Davis' Dottie Hinson character was modeled in the movie A League of Their Own.

Dave Miedema

trsent
02-12-2013, 01:35 PM
Matthew White, 53, American basketball player from Pennsylvania University was stabbed

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57568917-504083/matthew-white-former-univ-of-pennsylvania-basketball-player-fatally-stabbed-by-wife-police-say/

Jim Boatwright, 61, American basketball player Maccabi Tel Aviv and Utah State died from liver cancer

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/55810498-77/boatwright-state-utah-basketball.html.csp

xpress34
02-13-2013, 10:00 AM
I learned some new baseball history today...

Edith Houghton, former baseball prodigy and MLB’s first female scout, dies at 100 (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/edith-houghton-former-baseball-prodigy-mlb-first-female-201831936--mlb.html)

frikativ54
02-13-2013, 07:42 PM
I learned some new baseball history today...

Edith Houghton, former baseball prodigy and MLB’s first female scout, dies at 100 (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/edith-houghton-former-baseball-prodigy-mlb-first-female-201831936--mlb.html)

Thanks for sharing this; it was an interesting story. And it's about time that women got their due for their contributions to America's national pastime.

MarkakisMania
02-18-2013, 12:34 PM
Los Angeles Lakers Owner since 1979 Dr. Jerry Buss passed away this morning from a battle with cancer it is being reported.

This is a very sad day for those of us who are Lakers fans. The man was a winner through and through and his son Jim has already proven that the apple has fallen very far from the tree.

It could certainly be argued that Dr. Buss was the greater owner in professional sports 10 titles in 34 years and only missing the playoffs I believe 3 times in 34 years makes that statement very much true.

May God bless the Buss family during this difficult time.

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8959182/jerry-buss-los-angeles-lakers-owner-dies-80

sox83cubs84
02-18-2013, 06:32 PM
Ken Clark, A RB who was one of the best at his position in Nebraska Cornhuskers history and a three-year NFLer with the Indianapolis Colts, died on February 16 of a heart attack. He was 46.

Clark ran for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons with the Huskers, and was twice named All Big Eight.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-01-2013, 10:18 PM
Mario Ramirez, a utility infielder in the National League for 6 seasons, died on February 22 at age 55.

Ramirez came up in 1980 with the Mets, and then spent the next five seasons with the Padres. He was part of the Pads' NL Championship squad in 1984.

Dave Miedema

trsent
03-02-2013, 12:23 AM
Silver Medal Medal Winner Lightweight Boxer in 1948 Don Scott passed away this week:

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Olympic-boxer-Don-Scott-dies-age-84/story-18286609-detail/story.html#axzz2MMCiMUb7

sox83cubs84
03-07-2013, 10:04 PM
Two pitchers of the 1950s/60s:

Jake Thies, a member of the 1954-55 Pirates, died at age 86 on February 10.

Thies pitched in 33 of his 34 LB games with the 1954 Bucs, going 3-9 with a 3.87 ERA.

Tom Borland, a member of the 1960-61 Red Sox, died March 2 at age 80.

Borland hurled in 26 of his 27 MLB appearances in 1960, going 0-4.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-09-2013, 10:29 PM
George Saimes, a safety out of Michigan State who 9 seasons, mostly in the AFL, died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 71.

Saimes played in Buffalo from 1963-69, helping the Bills win the AFL championship in 1964 and 1965. He was voted on the All-AFL Defensive Team, intercepting 22 passes in his career (all while with the Bills).

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-11-2013, 07:24 PM
Retired welterweight boxer Tony Martin died of a gunshot wound in an altercation at his apartment building. He was 52. Martin's' career record was 34-6-1 with 12 KOs.

Dave Miedema

trsent
03-12-2013, 02:14 AM
Jim Anderson - First Coach of The Washington Capitals passed March 10th, 2013.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Anderson_(ice_hockey)

ironmanfan
03-12-2013, 07:12 AM
Ray Mantle, who most notably was Mickey's younger brother passed away on March 3rd, played two seasons in the Yankees Farm System....

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mantle001ray

sox83cubs84
03-12-2013, 02:23 PM
Three former LB pitchers all died on March 7:

Ray Martin, RHP, 6 days short of his 88th birthday, 1943 and 1947-48 Braves,

Jake Striker, LHP, 79, 1959 Indians and 1960 White Sox, has 1960 Topps card

Carl Thomas, RHP, 80, 1960 Indians, has Fritsch One-Year Winners card.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-18-2013, 03:46 PM
Steve Davis, QB for the National Champion Oklahoma Sooners in 1974 and 1975, died in a small plane crash in South Bend, IN. He was 60

Davis became the Sooners' starting QB in 1973.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-20-2013, 01:37 PM
Ducky Detweiler, a wartime player for the Boston Braves, died March 13 at age 94.

Detweiler was called up in 1942 and played in 13 games as a third baseman before departing for military service. After he returned, he had one pinch-hitting appearance for the Braves in 1946.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-23-2013, 09:09 PM
1 NBA, 1 NFL:

Ray Williams, a 12-year guard with the Knicks and 5 teams, died March 22 at age 59.

Williams was drafted by the Knicks in the 10th round of the 1977 draft out o the University of Minnesota.

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Harlon Hill, a WR for the Bears, Steelers and Lions, died March 21 after a long illness. He was 80.

Hill was drafted out of Northern Alabama in the 15th round of the 1954 draft. He was NFL ROY with the Bears in 1954 and was the NFL MVP in 1955. He played in the NFL 9 seasons overall.

Dave Miedema

roar84
03-24-2013, 08:57 PM
A sad day for Detroit Tigers Fans. Virgil Trucks who pitched two no-hitters in 1952 passed away on Saturday, March 24. Please see the link below for the article about him in the Detroit Free Press. My personal experience with Mr. Trucks was getting his autograph through the mail on a couple of different occasions. He always included a personal note and noted that the money I sent him was donated to his church.

http://www.freep.com/article/20130324/SPORTS02/130324054/detroit-tigers-virgil-trucks-dies

sox83cubs84
03-26-2013, 09:26 PM
Earl Hersh, who got into 7 games for the 1956 Braves and collected 3 doubles, died March 18 at age 80.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-27-2013, 04:01 PM
WMVP-AM 1000 (Chicago ESPN radio outlet) just reported the death of 1970s era Chicago Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle, at age 67. More details will be added as they become available.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-29-2013, 09:06 PM
Reid Flair, 25-year-old son of WWE legend Ric Flair, was found dead in a hotel room Friday morning. Cause of death was not known initially, although foul play is not suspected at this time.

The younger Flair was wrestling in Japan periodically, and was seen as an eventual WWE wrestler.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
03-29-2013, 09:21 PM
Gus Triandos, a catcher for 13 seasons in the Bigs with 5 different teams, died March 28. He was 82.

Triandos had his best years with the Orioles, for whom he played from 1955-1962. He set career highs in 1958 with 30HR and 79RBI. He also played for the Yankees (1953-54), Detroit (1963), Philadelphia (1964-65) and Houston (also 1965).

Dave Miedema

coxfan
04-01-2013, 09:14 AM
Bob Turley, who was an important part of the Yankees's pitching of the Mantle-Berra-Ford era, died on 3-30.

sox83cubs84
04-01-2013, 05:11 PM
Bob Nichols, coach for 23 seasons for the University of Toledo's men's basketball team in the Mid-America Conference, died on Mach 30 at age 82.

Nichols played for Toledo in the early 1950s, and then served as head coach from 1965-87. His 376 victories in that stint is a MAC men's hoops record.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-01-2013, 10:14 PM
Jack Pardee, longtime NFL player and coach, died at age 76.

Pardee was drafted by the Rams out of Texas A&M in 1957, and played for the Rams through 1971, missing the 1965 season due to melanoma. He finished up with the Redskins in 1972-73.

Pardee also served as a head coach for the Redskins, Bears, Oilers and USFL Houston Gamblers.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-02-2013, 10:17 PM
Chuck Fairbanks, a coach for the New England Patriots and two college teams, died of brain cancer on Tuesday. He was 79.

Fairbanks coached at Oklahoma from 1967-71, graduating to the pros with the Patriots, where he coached from 1972-78. He returned to the college ranks for three years (1979-81) with Colorado, before a USFL stint for one year as head coach of the New Jersey Generals.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-09-2013, 01:26 PM
Bob Smith, a LHP for 4 years in the mid and late 1950s, died April 1 at age 82.

Smith started out with the Red Sox, spent brief stints with the Cardinals in 1957 and Tiger in 1959, and played for the Pirates for the 2+ seasons in between.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-14-2013, 09:15 PM
Grady Hatton, a 3B-2B who played for six MLB teams, died April 11 at age 90.

Hatton played for 5 teams, most notably the Reds and the Red So, from 1946-1956. He made a brief comeback in 1960 with the Cubs.

Hatton also managed the Houston Astros in 1967-68.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-18-2013, 03:08 PM
MLB and NFL (in reverse order):

Pat Summerall, longtime CBS/Fox NFL broadcaster and former player, died earlier this week at age 82.

Summerall broadcasted football from 1962-2003, and also handled other sports such as golf.

He played for 3 teams in 10 NFL seasons: Detroit Lions (1952), Chicago Cardinals (1953-57) and New York Giants (1958-61).


Jack Daniels, an OF who appeared in 106 games for the 1952 Boston Braves, died April 16 at age 85.

Dave Miedema

trsent
04-18-2013, 03:59 PM
Jack Daniels, an OF who appeared in 106 games for the 1952 Boston Braves, died April 16 at age 85.



Didn't Jack get into some other business after baseball? Something whiskey related or something like that?

sox83cubs84
04-19-2013, 02:29 PM
Didn't Jack get into some other business after baseball? Something whiskey related or something like that?

Not THIs one...and that's the fact, Jack (Joel).;)

Dave M.

Wrigley2010
04-20-2013, 03:16 AM
Saddened to hear about Pat Summerall passing. My first memories of Monday Night Football are of Pat and John Madden. Still the best Monday Night Duo ever in my humble opinion and probably always will be. RIP

sox83cubs84
04-20-2013, 03:51 PM
Mae Louise Allen Mays, longtime wife of BB HoFer Willie Mays, died April 19 at age 74 after a length battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-26-2013, 03:51 PM
Former Braves pitcher Rick Camp died on April 25 at age 59. An autopsy is to be performed, although no foul play is suggested.

Camp hurled for the Braves from 1976-85, with a lifetime record of 56-49 and a career ERA of 3.37.

Dave Miedema

Jim65
04-28-2013, 05:09 AM
Former Braves pitcher Rick Camp died on April 25 at age 59. An autopsy is to be performed, although no foul play is suggested.

Camp hurled for the Braves from 1976-85, with a lifetime record of 56-49 and a career ERA of 3.37.

Dave Miedema

RIP

I'll never forget the HR he hit against the Mets on July 4, 1985

sox83cubs84
05-08-2013, 08:21 PM
Joe Astroth, longtime catcher for the Philadelphia and Kansas City A's, died May 3 at age 90.

Astroth caught for the A's in 1945-46, served two years in the military, and returned to be a backstop from 1949-56, the last two seasons of which were after the team's relocation to Kansas City

sox83cubs84
05-11-2013, 07:43 PM
Jack Butler, a HOF CB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died today after a long battle with a staph infection. He was 85.

Butler played for the Steelers from 1951-59, when a knee injury ended his career. He led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 1956.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-14-2013, 03:29 PM
Chuck Muncie, former star RB for the Saints and Chargers, died of a heart attack at age 60.

Muncie was selected by the Saints in the draft in 1976, and played there through 1979. He was traded to San Diego in 1980, and lasted until 1984, when he was suspended after the season opener for drug issues. He led the NFL with 19 TDs in 1981.

Dave Miedema


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cjclong
05-14-2013, 04:33 PM
George Sauer jr who was Namath's prime receiver in the 1969 Super Bowl upset of the Colts died this week at the age of 69.

sox83cubs84
05-14-2013, 07:40 PM
Notre Dame fullback Asaph Schwapp, a 2010 graduate of the school, died May 8 at age 26 after losing a year-long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-16-2013, 09:41 PM
Legendary -track race car driver and popular NASCAR figure Dick Trickle died on Thursday, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.

Trickle joined the Winston Cup circuit in 1989 and won the circuit's Rookie of the Year award...at age 48.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-17-2013, 09:01 PM
Ken Venturi, PGA golf pro and longtime CBS golf analysts, died from multiple causes today. He was 82.

Venturi had 14 career PGA tour victories, including the 1964 US Open. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome forced him into retirement, and he began a TV career analyzing golf on CBS that ran an incredible 35 years.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-18-2013, 09:02 PM
Francisco (Frankie) Libran, a SS/PR with the 1969 Padres, died May 16, just 10 days after his 65th birthday.

The Puerto Rican speedster came over to the Padres from the Cubs in the early 1969 swap that sent Joe Niekro to the Pads and Dick Selma to the Cubs. He had 10AB after rosters were expanded in September, collecting a double and an RBI.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-21-2013, 08:53 PM
Neil Chrisley, OF for the original Senators and Tigers, died May 18 at age 81.

Chrisley played for Washington in 1957-58, joined Detroit for 1959-60, and finished up with 10 pinch-hitting appearances for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-26-2013, 02:34 PM
Two from MLB:

Cot Deal, a pitcher who went on to a long MLB and MiLB coaching career, died May 21 at age 90.

Deal pitched for the Red Sox in 1947-48, and with the Cardinals in 1950 and 1954.

...........

Mike Davison, a pitcher with the Giants briefly in 1969-70, died May 11 at age 67.

Going 3-5 in his career, card collectors may recall Davison as the other player pictured on George Foster's rookie card (1971 Topps).

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-28-2013, 02:14 PM
Epy Guerrero, a coach for the 1981 Blue Jays and best known as a Dominican Republic based scout for roughly 30 years, died of kidney failure May 23. He was 71.

Guerrero was frequently partnered with HoF executive Pat Gillick, first in Houston and then in Toronto. His brother is former MLB infielder Mario Guerrero.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-04-2013, 07:09 PM
Deacon Jones, a Pro FB HOFer who was a DE from 1961-74 and part of the Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome defense from 1961-71, died yesterday of natural causes at age 74.

After his 11 seasons with the Rams, Jones spent 1972-73 with San Diego before finishing up in 1974 with Washington.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-13-2013, 02:51 PM
Jason Leffler, driver and 2-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, died yesterday as a result of a dirt car accident. He was 37.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-17-2013, 08:45 PM
Billy Williams (NOT the BB HoFer) passed away on June 11, just two days before his 80th birthday.

Williams was briefly (4 games) a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, and then coached for the Indians in both the Majors and minors for much of the 1980s and 1990s.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-19-2013, 09:02 PM
Stan Lopata, back-up catcher on the 1950 NL Champion Whiz Kids Phillies team, died June 15 at age 87.

Lopata appeared in 58 games for that magical 1950 team, the first pennant winner for the Phils in 35 years, and the last until 30 years later.
He was a member of the Phillies from 1948-58, after which he spent the net (and final) two years of his career with the Milwaukee Braves.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-20-2013, 04:30 PM
Elena Ivaschenko, a Russian judo champ who won the European Judo Championship 4 times, died earlier this week at age 28.

This obituary reads in similar fashion to the late Donnie Moore, MLB pitcher. Ivaschenko's death was also by suicide, in this case jumping to her death from a 15th story balcony. Her driving force to end it all was, like Moore's, a sports event failure...in this case, a failure to win any medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-21-2013, 02:41 PM
Gene Freese, a 12-year MLB veteran who was a member of the NL pennant-winning Cincinnati Reds, died June 19 at age 79.

Freese played for 6 teams over his career, most notably the Reds, Pirates and White Sox. His best season was the previously mentioned pennant year of '61, where he clubbed 26 HRs, drove in 87 runs, and hit .277.




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Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-24-2013, 04:44 PM
Danny Kravitz, a backup catcher who played in the Majors 5 years, died June 19. He was 82.

Kravitz caught for the Pirates until 8 appearances into the 1960 World Championship Pirates season, after which he was dealt to the Kansas City A's. He was drafted by the expansion Washington Senators for 1961, but failed to make the team.

Kravitz also served in the US Military (1952-53).

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
06-29-2013, 09:14 AM
1 MLB, 1 NFL:

Justin Miller, a pitcher over 7 seasons for 4 MLB ballclubs, died June 26th at age 35. Cause of death has not been announced.

Miller last pitched in The Show in 2010. His seven seasons were split between the Dodgers, Giants, Marlins and Blue Jays.

.............


Jim Hudson, a safety who was part of the Super Bowl 3 champion New York Jets, died June 25 at age 70. Cause of death has not been announced.

Hudson had a drive-stalling interception for the Jets in their upset SB3 win over the Colts. He spent his entire career in New York, playing in Jets green from 1965-70.

Dave M.

Chris78
07-09-2013, 01:10 PM
Chase that Golden Thunder, the famous bat dog from the Trenton Thunder, has died. He died on July 8, 2013, at the age of 13. He has appeared on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated, and other media outlets. He was also honored at Yankee Stadium last month. Chase died 3 days after his retirement ceremony at the stadium on July 5, 2013. He died of blood cancer. He was unable to carry his final bat at the ceremony, but did make an appearance. His two sons are also bat dogs. One is Derby at the Trenton Thunder. The other is Ollie at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I planned to attend the game on July 5th, but did not due to a scheduling conflict.

Chris

sox83cubs84
07-09-2013, 07:26 PM
Jose Sosa. a relief pitcher for the Houston Astros in 1975-76, died on June 8 in the Dominicanhttp://i.ebayimg.com/t/1976-Topps-Baseball-6-Card-LotTraded-Rookies-George-Medich-Very-Good-Excellent-/00/s/OTY3WDEwMjQ=/$(KGrHqVHJDEE7Bcvh8foBO1VZo(Mig~~60_12.JPG Republic. He was age 60. (Bottom row, center card)

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
07-15-2013, 02:36 PM
Dick Gray, a 3B from 1958-60, died July 8 justb three days shy of his 82nd birthday.

Gray was with Los Angeles from 1958n through midway into 1959, where he was dealt to St. Louis. He was with them through 1960.

Gray hit the first home run for the Dodgers ever at the Los Angeles Cliseum.

Dave Miedema


http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/dick_gray_autograph.jpg(Courtesy www.baseball-almanac.com (http://www.baseball-almanac.com))

sox83cubs84
07-18-2013, 08:02 PM
Matt Batts, a catcher for 10 years with multiple MLB teams, died July 14 at age 91.

Batts was mostly a backup, and his longest stay in one place was in Boston with the Red Sox, 1947-mid-1951. He was a fairly regular backstop for the Tigers in 1953, appearing in 116 games.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
07-24-2013, 05:22 PM
Emile Griffith, a welterweight boxer who became the first native of the Virgin Islands to win a world championship, died July 23 at age 75.

Griffith's most famous fight was on March 24, 1962 at Madison Square Garden, when he faced off with Benny "Kid" Paret. Having already beaten each other once, Paret made public comments qustion Griffith's manhood. The subsequent bout found Griffith pounding Paret in the head mercilessly, stopping the fight. Paret was hospitalized, and died from the head injuries 10 days later.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
07-25-2013, 04:51 PM
Marv Rotblatt, a Chicago native who pitched for the White Sox in 1948 and 1950-51, died July 16 at age 85.

Rotblatt's best season was in '51, when he went 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA.



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Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
07-29-2013, 07:00 PM
2 from LLB:

George "Boomer" Scott, a renowned slugger and 8-time Gold Glove winner, died July 29 at age 69.

Scott played 3B in his first few years, although the bulk of his hitting and fielding success came as a 1B. With the 1975 Brewers, he clubbed 36 HR and drove in 109 runs.

Scott had two tours of duty with the Red Sox separated by 5 years with the Brewers. He also briefly played for the Royals and Yankees.

....

Frank Castillo, a pitcher who served in a number of roles for 6 teams over 1990-2005 (2003 excepted) died as a result of an accidental drowning in Arizona this past weekend. He was 44.

The majority of his time in the Bigs was spent with the Cubs and Red Sox.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
07-30-2013, 06:24 PM
Drungo Hazewood, a 1980 September call-up OF for the Orioles and overall tough autograph, died July 28 at age 53.

Dave Miedema

godwulf
07-31-2013, 12:25 PM
Former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo dies


July 29, 2013

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Cubs starting pitcher Frank Castillo delivers a pitch against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Castillo pitched a perfect game until the seventh inning, retiring 19 batters in a row, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Giants.

Former Cubs pitcher and minor league coach Frank Castillo died Sunday in Bartlett Lake near Phoenix, his family announced. He was 44.

The 13-year major league veteran drowned while swimming in the lake.

“It was shocking,” said Brian McRae, his former Cubs teammate. “You don’t expect to see your teammates’ name on the bottom scroll of ESPN saying he drowned at 44 years old. Frank was a quiet guy, didn’t say a whole lot. I hung out with him a lot, so I knew him at a different level than some others. He just went about his business and got the most out his ability, spent parts of 13 years in the big leagues and had some success — a good dude and a good teammate.”

sox83cubs84
07-31-2013, 07:58 PM
Bob Savage, a pitcher for the Philadelphia A's in 1942-48 (1943-45 spent in military service) and the St. Louis Browns in 1949, died July 26. He was 91.

Dave Miedema


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earlywynnfan
08-04-2013, 10:32 PM
That time in the military was quite eventful: he was the US' pro athlete with the most combat-related injuries, leading to three Purple Hearts. He may not have been a superstar, but he was someone we should all admire.

Ken


Bob Savage, a pitcher for the Philadelphia A's in 1942-48 (1943-45 spent in military service) and the St. Louis Browns in 1949, died July 26. He was 91.

Dave Miedema


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Phil316
08-06-2013, 02:03 PM
RIP Shaun Burr

Former Detroit Red Wings winger Shawn Burr has died. He was 47.
Burr died Monday evening at a Detroit-area hospital after falling at his home this weekend.
The former professional hockey player had been battling cancer. Local 4 has learned Burr hit his head when he fell this weekend, but the exact cause of death is not yet known.
(http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/health/Former-Red-Wing-Shawn-Burr-fights-cancer-helps-others-with-bone-marrow-needs/-/2300442/13017310/-/p8u02pz/-/index.html)


Read back: Former Red Wing Shawn Burr fights cancer, helps others (http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/health/Former-Red-Wing-Shawn-Burr-fights-cancer-helps-others-with-bone-marrow-needs/-/2300442/13017310/-/p8u02pz/-/index.html)
Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Red Wings in 1984. He played 878 games with Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.
During the course of his career he scored 181 goals and tallied 259 assists. His most notable season with the Red Wings was 1989-90 when he scored 56 points in 76 games.
The Shawn Burr Foundation (http://shawnburrfoundation.org/) is a charity supporting blood cancer research. Anyone interested in donating to the charity can do so online (http://shawnburrfoundation.org/) or by mail:
Shawn Burr Foundation
P.O. Box 610812
Port Huron, MI 48061-0812

sox83cubs84
08-08-2013, 03:21 PM
Football HOFer Art Donovan, an NFL DT from 1950-61, predominantly with the Baltimore Colts, died August 4 of a respiratory infection. He was 89.

Donovan appeared in 5 Pro Bowls, and was a key member of the Colts' NFL Championship teams in 1958 and 1959.

In addition to the Colts, Donovan spent one year (1951) with the NFL New York Yankees and one (1952) with the NFL Dallas Texans.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
08-14-2013, 09:02 PM
Babe Martin, a reserve player for 2 AL teams over 6 seasons, died August 1 at age 93.

His only year as a full-fledged backup was 1945, when he appeared in 54 games, hit .200, and pelted 2 HRs and drove in 16.

He was with the St. Louis Browns in 1994-46 and 1953, and spent 1948-49 with the Red Sox.

Dave Miedema




http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Babe-Martin-2006-Diamond-Signatures-signed-auto-autographed-card-/00/s/NTA5WDM2MQ==/z/HKYAAOxy5QtSBedf/$T2eC16JHJHUFFfy-RzEwBSBedfjE6g~~60_3.JPG

sox83cubs84
08-19-2013, 05:23 PM
Johnny Logan, longtime SS for the Milwaukee Braves, died August 9 at age 87.

Logan first hit the Majors in 1951 with the Boston Braves, and went with them to Milwaukee in 1953. He was the regular SS on the Braves from 1952-60.

During the 1961 season, he was dealt to Pittsburgh, where, as a reserve, he split time between SS and 3B.

Logan was on a World Series Champion (1957 Braves), and, the following year, was on a tem that captured a NL pennant before being defeated by the Yankees in the World Series.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
08-20-2013, 09:35 PM
Glen Hobbie, Cubs pitcher for all but a few games from 1957-64, died August 9 at age 77.

Hobbie's best years, record-wise, were 1958-60, where he rung up ledgers of 10-6, 16-13, and 16-20.

He was dealt to the Cardinals during 1964, where he threw in his last 13 games. He didn't pitch in the World Series.

Dave Miedema

russyurk
08-23-2013, 02:35 PM
1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier passed away recently at 82.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9532326/dick-kazmaier-princeton-heisman-winner-dies-82

sox83cubs84
08-24-2013, 07:36 AM
Dean Meminger, a reserve guard for the 1973 NBA Champion New York Knicks, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.

Meminger, a college star at Marquette, played 6 seasons in the NBA between 1971-72 and 1976-77. The first three and the last were with the Knicks, while the fourth and fifth were in the uniform of the Atlanta Hawks.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
08-27-2013, 08:07 PM
Jack Harshman, a pitcher for 5 MLB teams from 1952-60 (exempting 1953) died, according to a news nugget shared by White Sox radio broadcaster Ed Farmer during this evening's game. He was 86.

Harshman's longest stint with one team was with the White Sox from 1954-57, where he won in double figures three out of four seasons. He also pitched for the New York Giants, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
09-02-2013, 07:16 PM
Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight boxer who won the HBO World Title in 1993 from George Foreman, died Sunday night at age 44. Multiple medical causes were involved.

Morrison also spent a little time in show business, playing boxer Tommy Gunn in Rocky V.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
09-09-2013, 06:36 PM
Nick Pasquale, a freshman WR for UCLA, was struck by a car and killed Saturday. He was 20.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
09-11-2013, 08:07 AM
It was just recently discovered that Larry Doby Johnson, who played in a total of 12 games for the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos and Chicago White Sox over five seasons, died back on May 26, 2013.

ironmanfan
09-13-2013, 07:19 AM
Rodney Paul “Rod” Craig, who played in parts of four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, was murdered on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

sox83cubs84
09-15-2013, 09:19 PM
Rick Casares, a RB who was once the Bears' all-time leading rusher, died Friday at his home in Tampa. he was 82.

Casares was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl 5 times, and was a member of the 1963 World Championship team. A Bear for most of his career, he closed his career with a season apiece in Washington and Miami.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
09-15-2013, 09:42 PM
Frank Tripucka, 85, who quarterbacked the Denver Broncos in their inaugural AFL season and later allowed his No. 18 to be unretired so Peyton Manning (http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/topic/sports/football/peyton-manning-PESPT004609.topic) could wear it, died Thursday in Woodland Park, N.J., the Broncos announced. His family said he had congestive heart failure.
A former standout at Notre Dame, Tripucka played for the Detroit Lions (http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/topic/sports/football/detroit-lions-ORSPT000041.topic), Chicago Cardinals (http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/topic/sports/football/arizona-cardinals-ORSPT000031.topic) and Dallas Texans in the NFL (http://www.gameuseduniverse.com/topic/sports/football/national-football-league-ORSPT000007.topic) and for Saskatchewan and Ottawa in Canada. He was brought in as a Bronco coach before the 1960 season, but it became obvious he was Denver's best option at quarterback. Tripucka threw for 3,038 yards and 24 touchdowns that season. He also tossed the first touchdown pass in American Football League history.
His number was one of three retired by the Broncos, but Tripucka gladly gave Manning permission to wear it when he joined the team in 2012.
Born Dec. 8, 1927, in Bloomfield, N.J., Tripucka was voted All-America honors in 1948, when his Notre Dame team finished 9-0-1, the tie coming against USC.
After retiring from football, Tripucka became a beer distributor in New Jersey. His son Kelly played basketball at Notre Dame and in the NBA.
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sox83cubs84
09-17-2013, 04:04 PM
Scott Adams, a guard who played from 1992-97, died Monday at age 46. No cause of death was immediately given.

A Georgia alumnus, Adams played for 5 teams in 6 years, with his best year in 1993 when, in his second and final year with the Vikings, he started in 9 games.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
09-19-2013, 07:39 PM
Ken Norton Jr., former heavyweight boxing champion, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure after battling a stroke. He was 70.

Norton's career highlight was becoming the second person ever to defeat Muhammad Ali, defeating him (and breaking his jaw) in 1973. Ali got the last laugh, however, beating Norton in two subsequent fights.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
09-20-2013, 04:51 PM
Two from MLB:

Harry Elliott, an OF on the 1953 and 1955 Cardinals, died August 9 at age 89.

http://i19.ebayimg.com/06/i/001/45/38/64e8_1.JPG

Also, former Mariners owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, who was in charge of the M's from 1992-2004, died Wednesday of pneumonia. He was 85.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
09-22-2013, 10:01 PM
Ben Flick, a redshirted freshman offensive lineman for the NCAA Cincinnati Bearcats, was killed in a single-car accident Saturday night at age 19. Two fellow redshirted teammates were injured in the same accident.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
09-25-2013, 08:54 PM
Paul Oliver, a safety who played for 5 years in the NFL, died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 29.

Oliver played for the San Diego Chargers from 2007-2011.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
09-27-2013, 02:52 PM
Tigers great Gates Brown passed away earlier today @ 75


http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130927/SPORTS0104/309270110#ixzz2g7mnLtMP

RIP Gator

Steelers25
09-29-2013, 09:50 PM
Steeler Nation lost a great one today, L.C. Greenwood gone at 67.

sox83cubs84
10-09-2013, 08:56 PM
Andy Pafko, an OF in the National League from 1943-59, died October 8 at age 92.

Pafko played for the Cubs from 1943-1951, including on the 1945 National League Champs. He was traded to the Dodgers during the 1951 season, spending the remainder of that year and all of 1952 with Brooklyn. He was the outfielder who vainly watched as Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run sailed over his head into the seats.

From 1953-59 he played for the Milwaukee Braves, cast as a reserve on the 1957 World Champions and 1958 NL Pennant winners. Upon retirement he joined the Braves' coaching staff.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
10-09-2013, 10:09 PM
Two former MLBer's to report this evening:

Robert "Bob" Chance, who played for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and California Angels, died on October 3 in Charleston, WV.


Daniel “Dan” Osinski, who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White and Houston Astros died back on September 13

sox83cubs84
10-16-2013, 09:59 PM
Wally Bell, a MLB umpire, died of a heart attack at his home in Ohio on 10/14. He was 48.

Bell had been an MLB umpire for 21 years. His most recent work was in the just completed Pirates-Cardinals NLDS.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
10-18-2013, 08:29 AM
Rudolph A. "Rudy" Minarcin, who played in a total of 70 games over three seasons for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, died on October 15th in Cabot, PA. He also was a Korean War veteran



http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t253/RockiesFan33/TTM/RudyMinarcin.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/RockiesFan33/media/TTM/RudyMinarcin.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
10-19-2013, 09:25 PM
Bum Phillips, longtime NFL head and assistant coach, died Friday at his home in Texas. He was 90.

Phillips was currently working as a defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.

His NFL head coaching career included 6 seasons in Houston with the Oilers (1975-80), during which he took the Oilers to two straight AFC Championship Games. From 1981-85 he oversaw New Orleans.

Dave Miedema

JDubbs73
10-21-2013, 09:03 PM
Another tragedy for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise as their only owner, Bud Adams, passed away from natural causes. He too was 90.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9858914/bud-adams-owner-tennessee-titans-houston-oilers-franchise-dies

Phil316
10-24-2013, 11:13 PM
Reggie Rogers RIP

SEATTLE —

Reggie Rogers, a former University of Washington football All-American and first-round NFL draft pick, died Thursday morning in Seattle.

Medics were called about 12:45 p.m. to the 2700 block of East Yesler Way. Rogers, 49, wasn’t breathing and unresponsive. Police were called, and he was declared dead at the scene, authorities said. Investigators told KITO 7 it was a suspected overdose.

ironmanfan
10-25-2013, 10:04 AM
Rodney Paul “Rod” Craig, who played in parts of four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, was murdered on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Here is a followup story on Mr. Craig's tragic life:

http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/post/two-men-charged-stabbing-death-rodney-craig/?v=2

ironmanfan
10-25-2013, 04:50 PM
Bill Sharman, NBA great and former Lakers coach, dies at 87


Los Angeles Times | October 25, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Bill Sharman, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s who became coach of the Lakers and led the team to its first NBA championship in Los Angeles, died today. He was 87.


Sharman died at his home in Redondo Beach said his wife, Joyce.


The 1971-72 Lakers led by Sharman set a league record with 33 straight wins on the way to the NBA Finals, in which they defeated the New York Knicks.

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Sharman played minor league baseball in the Dodgers' system, and while he never played in a major league game, he was in uniform for the "Shot Heard Round The World" game.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sharma001wil (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sharma001wil)

PAC
10-25-2013, 09:32 PM
Dick Felt passed earlier in the week:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=dick-felt&pid=161167395#fbLoggedOut

I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we're going to miss having our Dick Felt.

joelsabi
10-27-2013, 09:15 AM
Wally Bell, a MLB umpire, died of a heart attack at his home in Ohio on 10/14. He was 48.

Bell had been an MLB umpire for 21 years. His most recent work was in the just completed Pirates-Cardinals NLDS.

Dave Miedema

they showed Bell's family in the stands during yesterday's game 3. also the umpires are wearing special patches on their WS umpire shirts in his honor.

ironmanfan
11-02-2013, 07:46 AM
It was reported in the New York Daily News that Johnny Kucks, a born and bred lifelong "Jersey Boy" who went from the sandlots of Jersey City to a 1956 Yankee World Series hero, died Thursday after a long bout with cancer.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/ssdawg77/SETS/1959%20TOPPS%20BASEBALL/289_JOHNNY_KUCKS.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/ssdawg77/media/SETS/1959%20TOPPS%20BASEBALL/289_JOHNNY_KUCKS.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
11-02-2013, 09:19 PM
Walt Bellamy, HOF center who spent 14 seasons with 6 NBA teams, died Saturday at age 74. Cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Bellamy was NBA Rookie of the Year with the defunct Chicago Packers in , 1961-62. He went on to also play for the Bullets, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks and Jazz, retiring after the 1974-75 season.

An alum of Indiana, he had attended the Hawks' home opener the night before he died.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
11-04-2013, 09:34 PM
Ellis Burton, an OF who played in the Majors for 5 seasons between 1958 and 1965, died October 1 at age 77.

Burton came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958, and re-emerged with them in 1960. He went to spring training with the Houston Colt .45s in 1963, was cut, and then signed with the Indians. He played in 26 games for the Tribe before being dealt to the Cubs, with whom he finished 1963 and also played in 1964-65.



http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1964-TOPPS-269-ELLIS-BURTON-CUBS-NRMINT-SET-BREAK-/00/s/MTE5MFg4ODA=/z/xj4AAOxyDEVSdywG/$(KGrHqV,!k8FJi7p+UL!BSdywFq,d!~~60_1.JPG

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
11-07-2013, 08:10 AM
Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL Hall of Famer who also played in the majors and played and managed in the minors, died Wednesday in Portsmouth, VA.


Here's a link to the story:
http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/blog/duke/x2082479290/Duke-legend-Ace-Parker-dead-at-101 (http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/blog/duke/x2082479290/Duke-legend-Ace-Parker-dead-at-101)


His Baseball Reference page:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/parkeac01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/parkeac01.shtml)


His Pro Football Reference page:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/ParkAc20.htm (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/ParkAc20.htm)

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg49/tugboat2648/Signed%20Hall%20of%20Fame%20RCs-%20Football/ParkerAce.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/tugboat2648/media/Signed%20Hall%20of%20Fame%20RCs-%20Football/ParkerAce.jpg.html)

JDubbs73
11-13-2013, 06:26 PM
Todd Christensen, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end who played most of his career for the Raiders, died Wednesday from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9971641/todd-christensen-formerly-raiders-dies-57

JDubbs73
11-16-2013, 08:07 AM
Mike McCormack, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an integral part of bringing the Carolina Panthers to Charlotte, died Friday. He was 83.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9981281/mike-mccormack-pro-football-hall-famer-dies-age-83?ex_cid=espnapi_public

sox83cubs84
11-22-2013, 11:44 PM
A roll call of baseball players who have flown under the radar in the last month or so:

Mark Small, 1996 Astros, died 10-22, age 45.
Ed Erautt, 1947-53 Reds, '53 Cardinals, died 10-27, age 89
Bill Currie, 1955 Senators, died 10-30, age 84
Russ Sullivan, 1951-53, died 11-2, age 90
Ace Parker, 1937-38 A's, died 11-6, age 101
Rod Miller, 1957 Dodgers, died 11-8, age 73, 1 MLB AB 9-28-57 (strikeout)
Zeke Bella, 1957 Yankees, 1959 A's, died 11-17, age 83
Babe Birrer, 1955 Tigers, 1956 Orioles, 1958 Dodgers, died 11-19, age 84

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1953-Topps-226-Ed-Erautt-VG-EX-D50032-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMTMx/z/RJMAAOxyRNJSgTsN/$_35.JPG




http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1959-Topps-254-Zeke-Bella-RC-VG-/00/s/MjUyWDE4Ng==/z/yWsAAMXQWzNSfqJ5/$(KGrHqZ,!mIFJpS+2+BMBSfqJ5guUg~~60_35.JPG



http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1956-Topps-84-BABE-BIRRER-WB-VG-EX-3s-/00/s/ODk2WDEyMDA=/z/rQUAAOxyYSJR8uMp/$T2eC16hHJIcFHO,K7di4BR8uMo6o0!~~60_57.JPG


Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
11-23-2013, 09:49 PM
Vern Mikkelsen, a Basketball HoFer and star with the old Minneapolis Lakers, died November 21.

Among the highlights of Mikkelsen's career was being a member of 4 NBA Championship teams with Minneapolis.

Dave Miedema

JDubbs73
11-28-2013, 01:37 PM
Former NFL supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman passed away on November 24, 2013 after a long bout with cancer at age 77. One of the great ones. His son is officiating in the Lions Packers Thanksgiving Day game.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000287992/article/former-nfl-referee-jerry-seeman-77-dies-after-cancer-bout

sox83cubs84
12-01-2013, 08:14 PM
Wills Wilson, a RB for the University of Hawaii, was found dead on a Hawaiian beach early Sunday morning, the victim of drowning. Reports are that he and a few friends were sloshing around in a shallow water area at about 4:30 AM when a wave came in that overwhelmed Wilson.

Dave Miedema

r_phelps
12-04-2013, 11:57 PM
Pirates 24 year old 3rd round pick in 2009 Evan chambers passed away in his sleep.

ironmanfan
12-13-2013, 07:37 AM
Don Lund, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers, died on December 10.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lunddo01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lunddo01.shtml)

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/walter55/Detroit%20Tigers%20Autos%20NFT/Topps%20Bowman/scan0071-1.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/walter55/media/Detroit%20Tigers%20Autos%20NFT/Topps%20Bowman/scan0071-1.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
12-13-2013, 07:33 PM
Mike Palagyi, who pitched in 1 game for the 1939 Senators and is one of a handful of pitchers with a career ERA of infinity, died November 21 at age 96.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
12-16-2013, 10:29 PM
Charlie "Buddy" Bicknell, a RHP who spent part of the 1948 and 1949 seasons with the Phillies, died November 24 at age 85.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
12-23-2013, 07:28 AM
Ed "Hoggy" Herrmann lost his battle with prostate cancer, passing away Sunday in San Diego. The former All-Star catcher appeared in eleven big league seasons, with the White Sox, Yankees, Angels, Astros and Expos. He was 67.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/herrmed01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/herrmed01.shtml)

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m538/expos94/All-Time%20Expos%20Collection/Herrman_E.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/expos94/media/All-Time%20Expos%20Collection/Herrman_E.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
12-26-2013, 07:47 AM
Twelve year big league veteran first baseman/outfielder and longtime Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passed away on Christmas Day at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, at age 71. He was the son of former Indians catcher Jim Hegan, who was a five-time All-Star.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hegan-002jam (http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hegan-002jam)

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz176/thebaseballgenius/Random%20Brewers/MikeHeganPilots.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/thebaseballgenius/media/Random%20Brewers/MikeHeganPilots.jpg.html)

metsbats
12-26-2013, 09:45 PM
Paul Blair former Oriole and Yankee passed away today.

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2013/12/former-orioles-center-fielder-paul-blair-dies.html

ironmanfan
12-28-2013, 09:18 AM
Paul Blair former Oriole and Yankee passed away today.

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2013/12/former-orioles-center-fielder-paul-blair-dies.html

I just wanted to add that I sit on the Board of a local non profit and we invited Mr. Blair to come play in our Golf Tournament last July and not to mention that he was great with all the attendees (made sure he signed everything), but he also drove over 120 miles one way on his own dime to get there.

He signed this 1976 game used bat for me as well:

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k172/whhp72/Game%20Used/1blair_zpsf86fe2d8.jpg (http://s88.photobucket.com/user/whhp72/media/Game%20Used/1blair_zpsf86fe2d8.jpg.html)

JDubbs73
12-29-2013, 09:46 AM
Art Weiner, former University of North Carolina football star and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died Christmas evening at the age of 87. Weiner is one of five Tar Heel football players whose jersey number (#50) is retired by the school.

http://northcarolina.scout.com/2/1360176.html

Larry Pelliccioni
12-30-2013, 10:17 AM
Ed "Hoggy" Herrmann lost his battle with prostate cancer, passing away Sunday in San Diego. The former All-Star catcher appeared in eleven big league seasons, with the White Sox, Yankees, Angels, Astros and Expos. He was 67.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/herrmed01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/herrmed01.shtml)

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m538/expos94/All-Time%20Expos%20Collection/Herrman_E.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/expos94/media/All-Time%20Expos%20Collection/Herrman_E.jpg.html)

I feel very sad when I own a jersey of a former player who has passed. It has happened to me much too frequently. The powder blue and red flannel I have of Ed Herrman is one of my favorite items despite me not being much of a White Sox fan.
RIP Ed.
Larry Pelliccioni

ironmanfan
12-31-2013, 11:30 AM
William L. “Bill” Tremel, who pitched in parts of three seasons for the 1954-56 Chicago Cubs, died last week in Hollidaysburg, PA.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tremebi01.shtml

sox83cubs84
01-01-2014, 09:20 PM
Connie Dierking, longtime NBA center and University of Cincinnati alum, died on December 29 at age 77. Cause of death was not reported, although he did sustain a serious fall in November.

Drafted #1 by the Syracuse Nationals in 1958, he played for the Nats, 76ers (2 stints), Warriors (30 games) and the Cincinnati Royals. It was with the Royals that he had his three best seasons (1967-68 through 1969-70), as he scored over 16 PPG in each of those three campaigns.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
01-01-2014, 09:21 PM
Connie Dierking, longtime NBA center and University of Cincinnati alum, died on December 29 at age 77. Cause of death was not reported, although he did sustain a serious fall in November.

Drafted #1 by the Syracuse Nationals in 1958, he played for the Nats, 76ers (2 stints), Warriors (30 games) and the Cincinnati Royals. It was with the Royals that he had his three best seasons (1967-68 through 1969-70), as he scored over 16 PPG in each of those three campaigns.

Dave Miedema


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1969-70-TOPPS-28-CONNIE-DIERKING-CINCINNATI-EXMT-073784-/00/s/Nzc0WDQ0OQ==/z/mZoAAMXQlgtSwMhf/$_3.JPG

sox83cubs84
01-02-2014, 09:59 PM
Jadarius Garner, a 20-year-old DE from Troy University, was found dead on a highway in Mississippi.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
01-04-2014, 08:51 PM
Pete Naton, a Holy Cross alumnus who played in 6 games, primarily as a catcher for the 1953 Pirates, died December 10 at age 82.

Dave Miedema

earlywynnfan
01-06-2014, 12:48 PM
RIP Jerry Coleman!
http://t.foxsports.msn.com/mlb/hall-of-fame-broadcaster-yankees-legend-jerry-coleman-dies-at-89-1

sox83cubs84
01-07-2014, 09:21 PM
Todd Williams, a G/T out of Florida State who played in 8 games over 3 seasons (2003-05) with the Tennessee Titans, was found dead in a hotel room Monday. He was 35. Williams had complained of illness the preceding Friday, but no ore is known about cause of death at this time.

Dave Miedema

JDubbs73
01-08-2014, 03:54 PM
Former Washington Redskins offensive guard John Wilbur passed away at the age of 70 on Dec. 9, 2013. Wilbur was a member of the fabled 'Over The Hill Gang,' and started in Super Bowl VII vs. the Miami Dolphins.

http://prod.www.redskins.clubs.nfl.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Say-Goodbye-To-John-Wilbur/b07d8c09-de7c-4b71-a09f-8421f927a6b2

http://blog.redskins.com/2014/01/08/john-wilbur-a-man-of-many-talents/

ironmanfan
01-11-2014, 11:11 AM
According to the Baseball Almanac web site, William Louis “Gabe” Gabler, who played briefly for the Chicago Cubs in 1958, died on January 4.

ironmanfan
01-14-2014, 09:56 AM
Jim Burton, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox most notably in two games in the 1975 World Series, died back on December 12th

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burtoji01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/burtoji01.shtml)


http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/scottzoe/Red%20Sox%20Team%20sets%20-%20PC%20NFT/1978/1978%20SSPC/1978_sspc_168_burton.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/scottzoe/media/Red%20Sox%20Team%20sets%20-%20PC%20NFT/1978/1978%20SSPC/1978_sspc_168_burton.jpg.html)

JDubbs73
01-17-2014, 01:43 AM
Jose Sulaiman, one of the most powerful people in professional boxing -- and also one of the most reviled -- died on Thursday in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness at the age of 82.

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/10306954/long-world-boxing-council-chief-jose-sulaiman-dies-82

ironmanfan
01-22-2014, 08:53 AM
Vern Benson, who played nine games over two seasons with Philadelphia Athletics and 46 games over three seasons with the St. Louis Cards sandwiched around service during World War II, died on January 20. He was also a minor league manager, major league coach and scout. He also was the interim manager after Ted Turner was told by NL President, Chub Feeney that he couldn’t manage the Braves.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bensove01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bensove01.shtml)

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr201/EARLSWORLD/1953%20Topps%20Signed%20Set/53sTopps-SCN-myset0023.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/EARLSWORLD/media/1953%20Topps%20Signed%20Set/53sTopps-SCN-myset0023.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
01-25-2014, 12:35 PM
Tim Hosley, nine year veteran major league catcher for the Tigers, Cubs and Athletics, died January 21st in Moore, South Carolina

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hosleti01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hosleti01.shtml)

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg34/vman1111/PC%20NFT/Baseball/Rookies/1970s/1972Topps257TimHosley.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/vman1111/media/PC%20NFT/Baseball/Rookies/1970s/1972Topps257TimHosley.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
01-26-2014, 11:24 PM
Charlie Osgood, who, at the age of 17, pitched in one game for the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers, died on January 23rd.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/osgooch01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/osgooch01.shtml)

JDubbs73
01-27-2014, 09:28 AM
Tom Gola, the Hall of Fame basketball player who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday at the age of 81.

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10356868/tom-gola-la-salle-basketball-player-hall-famer-dies-81

sox83cubs84
01-28-2014, 10:10 PM
Harry Gamble, who served in multiple capacities from assistant coach to team president for the Eagles from 1981-1994, died January 28 at age 83.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
01-29-2014, 07:46 AM
Bruce R. Barmes, who played five games for the 1953 Washington Senators, died on January 25. Barmes was the uncle of Pirates shortstop, Clint Barmes.


http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barmebr01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barmebr01.shtml)

earlywynnfan
01-29-2014, 08:28 AM
Bruce R. Barmes, who played five games for the 1953 Washington Senators, died on January 25. Barmes was the uncle of Pirates shortstop, Clint Barmes.


http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barmebr01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barmebr01.shtml)

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! I was going to call him today for an interview!

ironmanfan
01-29-2014, 10:19 AM
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! I was going to call him today for an interview!

Wow, how ironic....Here is the family placed obituary

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/NewsObserver/obituary.aspx?n=Bruce-R-Barmes&pid=169366689

ironmanfan
01-30-2014, 02:24 PM
JOPHERY Clifford Brown, a pitcher who appeared in a single game for the 1967 Chicago Cubs and later went on to a long career in Hollywood as a stunt man, died on January 11th


http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brownjo04.shtml


See also: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0113909/

metsbats
02-06-2014, 05:37 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/nym/baseball-hall-of-famer-ralph-kiner-dies-at-91?ymd=20140206&content_id=67508988&vkey=news_nym

RIP Ralph Kiner. Original Mets broadcaster and Baseball HOFer as a player and broadcaster.

emann
02-14-2014, 12:57 PM
Jim Fregosi died today at age 71 from complications of a stroke on the MLB Alumni cruise: 6X All Star as a player, and then manager for the Phillies, White Sox, Blue Jays and Angels who retired his number 11.

To me, always one of the more memorable managers of the 80s/90s era...

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-jim-fregosi-20140215,0,5504983.story#axzz2tJwvAnLW

sox83cubs84
02-15-2014, 11:08 PM
Brandon Rodd, a former OL with Arizona State, died February 14 of a rare form of cancer. He was 28.

Rodd did not play in an NFL regular season game, though he did go to preseason camp with Oakland and Buffalo in the 2007-10 era.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
02-18-2014, 09:27 AM
Drew Denson, who played 12 games for the 1989 Atlanta Braves and four games with the 1993 Chicago White Sox, died on February 13

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/densodr01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/densodr01.shtml)

ironmanfan
02-23-2014, 08:38 AM
Eddie O'Brien, 83; who with brother Johnny, were the only set of twins to play together in the same major league infield. Both were signed as bonus babies by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953 and went straight to the majors after being two-sport stars at the University of Seattle.

As a personal aside, I met the O'Brien brothers two years ago at a Ripken Aspire Gala Banquet and they were both kind enough to sign their 1954 card for me that evening:

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k172/whhp72/1OB001.jpg (http://s88.photobucket.com/user/whhp72/media/1OB001.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
02-23-2014, 08:51 AM
Hector Maestri, one of only nine major leaguers to ever play for both versions of the Washington Senators, passed away on 02/21

http://www.examiner.com/article/hector-maestri-78-pitched-for-both-washington-senators-teams (http://www.examiner.com/article/hector-maestri-78-pitched-for-both-washington-senators-teams)

ironmanfan
02-27-2014, 07:44 AM
Al Greene, former Detroit Tigers OF/DH, passed away on February 18th in metro Detroit. Greene, 59, was a Cooley High School product who signed as an undrafted free-agent out of Northwood University in Sept 1976 and debuted in '77 for Lakeland in the Florida State League under Jim Leyland. Under the tutelage of the late Gates Brown, he demonstrated light-tower power in 29 major league games in '79 for Sparky Anderson's Tigers, but found more success playing seasons in the Mexican League.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/greenal01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/greenal01.shtml)

sox83cubs84
02-27-2014, 02:09 PM
Roy Simmons, a guard in the NFL from 1979-83, died after a kong bout with pnuemonia. He was 57.

Simmons was drafted by the New York Giants in 1979, and played the full schedule there for 3 years. After a year off, he played in 9 regular season games for the Redskins, with his final game being the 'Skins loss to the Raiders in Super Bowl 18.

His biggest story, though, was after his career as, in 1992, he appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and came out as a gay man, the second NFL player who did so after retirement.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
03-09-2014, 09:34 AM
Lester Layton, who played 63 games with the 1948 New York Giants after military service during World War II, died on March, 1.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/laytole01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/laytole01.shtml)

JDubbs73
03-09-2014, 12:49 PM
William Clay Ford Sr., the owner of the Detroit Lions, died today at the age of 88. Ford was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Co., and has owned the Lions since November 1963.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10578119/william-clay-ford-sr-detroit-lions-owner-dies-88

ironmanfan
03-09-2014, 01:03 PM
Charlie Kress, who played for the Reds, White Sox, Tigers and Brooklyn Dodgers after military service during World War II, died on March 4

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kressch01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kressch01.shtml)

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/walter55/Detroit%20Tigers%20Autos%20NFT/Topps%20Bowman/scan0068-1.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/walter55/media/Detroit%20Tigers%20Autos%20NFT/Topps%20Bowman/scan0068-1.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
03-17-2014, 06:34 AM
Terry “Bud” Bulling, former catcher for the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners died on March 8th

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bullibu01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bullibu01.shtml)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d7/jaxbraves/Vintage%20Cards/2011-08-08-1935-02.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/jaxbraves/media/Vintage%20Cards/2011-08-08-1935-02.jpg.html)

JDubbs73
03-25-2014, 10:14 PM
Buffalo Bills longtime owner Ralph Wilson, who helped found the American Football League in 1960, died at his home on Tuesday afternoon. He was 95.

Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart AFL in 1960. He played a key role in the league's merger with the NFL, and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10671922/ralph-wilson-buffalo-bills-owner-dies-95

ironmanfan
03-29-2014, 09:26 AM
Sonny Ruberto, a catcher who appeared in 21 games for the Padres and Reds and later was a coach and minor league manager in the Cardinals organization died on the 24th.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruberso01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruberso01.shtml)

ironmanfan
03-30-2014, 07:23 AM
Al Cihocki, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who returned from World War II to appear in 92 games as a utility infielder for the 1945 Cleveland Indians, passed away on March 27.

ironmanfan
04-01-2014, 06:38 AM
George Lerchen, a former outfielder for the Tigers and Reds in the early 50's, died on March 26

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lerchge01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lerchge01.shtml)



http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t253/RockiesFan33/GeorgeLerchen.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/RockiesFan33/media/GeorgeLerchen.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
04-01-2014, 08:53 PM
Lonnie White, a member of USC's FB team before becoming a sportswriter for The Los Angeles Times in 1987, died Saturday of multiple causes. He was 49.

White was a WR and KR for the Trojans from 1982-86. He went to preseason camp with the Saints in '86, but was cut. His tenure with the Times lasted 21 years.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-16-2014, 05:31 AM
One of WWE's all-time greats, the Ultimate Warrior, died about a week ago as a result of cardiovascular disease. He was 54. UW was enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame just days before his death.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
04-17-2014, 08:02 AM
Hal R. Smith a former All Star catcher with primarily the Cardinals in the late 1950's died last weekend:


http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h466/CardsTnT/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1960%20Cardinals/1960HalSmith.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/CardsTnT/media/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1960%20Cardinals/1960HalSmith.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
04-18-2014, 08:30 AM
Arthur J. “Art” Kenney, who played pitched two games for the 1938 Boston Bees and was the third oldest living major leaguer prior to his death, died on March 12th:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kennear01.shtml (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kennear01.shtml)

ironmanfan
04-18-2014, 08:54 AM
Bill Henry, who over a 16 year career, pitching for six big-league teams, (most notably the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) passed away earlier this week. While with the Reds, he pitched in the 1960 All-Game and in the 1961 World Series.

http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo331/mbligh59/BillHenryCIN.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/mbligh59/media/BillHenryCIN.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
04-21-2014, 09:25 PM
Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer convicted wrongly of murder and incarcerated for 20 years before being released, died in Canada Saturday at age 76. Cause of death was prostate cancer.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
04-22-2014, 10:49 PM
Larry Arndt, who played in 2 games for the 1989 A;s (one at 1B, one at 3B) died January http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mOaq_I8MUgLgSL2HIbVTfqA.jpg3 at age 51.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
04-24-2014, 07:18 AM
Connie Marrero, the oldest living ex MLB player, passes away just shy of his 103rd birthday:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24537111/connie-marrero-oldest-living-ex-big-leaguer-passes-away-at-102

http://i544.photobucket.com/albums/hh327/Travis7009/1953%20Topps%20Archives/ConnieMarrero.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/Travis7009/media/1953%20Topps%20Archives/ConnieMarrero.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
04-25-2014, 09:40 PM
Earl Morrall, a backup QB who gained significant playing time with the Super Bowl 5 champion Colts and the undefeated Dolphins team, died early Friday at 79.

Morrall won the first NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award with Mimi in that perfect 1972 season.

In addition to the Colts and Dolphins, Morrall also played for the 49ers, Steelers and Lions.

Dave Miedema (with a tip of the cap to Carlos Fernandez)

gingi79
04-26-2014, 07:06 AM
Earl Morrall, a backup QB who gained significant playing time with the Super Bowl 5 champion Colts and the undefeated Dolphins team, died early Friday at 79.

Morrall won the first NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award with Mimi in that perfect 1972 season.

In addition to the Colts and Dolphins, Morrall also played for the 49ers, Steelers and Lions.

Dave Miedema (with a tip of the cap to Carlos Fernandez)


It's funny, the only team in NFL History to run the table and go Undefeated with a SB Win and most football fans would guess Bob Griese was solely responsible. And when Bob came back, Earl stepped back because he thought Griese was their best shot under center. Class act and underrated asset during the 1972 season.

momen55
04-26-2014, 10:17 AM
Hal R. Smith a former All Star catcher with primarily the Cardinals in the late 1950's died last weekend:


http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h466/CardsTnT/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1960%20Cardinals/1960HalSmith.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/CardsTnT/media/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1960%20Cardinals/1960HalSmith.jpg.html)

1960 pirates as well.

sox83cubs84
04-27-2014, 09:02 PM
1960 pirates as well.

Not quite. The catcher who passed way was Hal W. Smith. The 1960 Pirate catcher was Hal R. Smith. Both men careers in the Show overlapped almost from start to finish. In 1960, Leaf Sports Novelties even issued a card entitled "Baseball's Two Hal Smiths". Hal R. Smith was also an original Colt .45.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
04-29-2014, 08:12 PM
Dr. Jack Ramsey, an NBA icon who coached the Portland Trailblazers to an NBA Championship in 1977, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 89.

Ramsey also coached the 76ers, Pacers and Buffalo Braves. He began a long career as a radio voice for ESPN after he gave up coaching.

Dave M.

sox83cubs84
05-10-2014, 11:44 PM
Jimmy Ellis, a former World Heavyweight Champion boxer, died this past Tuesday at age 74 rom Alzheimer's.

Ellis was the WBA champ from 1968 through 1970, when he lost a title unification bout to Joe Frazier.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-11-2014, 05:45 PM
Mario Picone, a pitcher with several brief stints in the National League, died October 23, 2013, at age 87.

Picone had brief stays with the New York Giants in 1947, 1952 and 1954, before winding down his career with another short stay in '54, this time with Cincinnati.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
05-15-2014, 09:55 PM
Billy Harrell, an IF with Cleveland in 1955, '57 and '58 and with the Red Sox in 1961, died May 6 at age 85.


http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTYyWDQwMg==/$(KGrHqJ,!m!E-rBTq)+2BP4SH)t)3Q~~60_12.JPG

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
05-29-2014, 06:36 AM
Mike Gordon, who played in a handful of games for the Cubs in 1977-78, died on 5/26/14

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gordomi01.shtml

sox83cubs84
05-30-2014, 08:47 PM
Malcolm Glazer, the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United, died Wednesday after a years-long battle with multiple ailments. He was 85.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
06-01-2014, 09:23 AM
Former Milwaukee Brave and Negro League player Roberto Vargas passed away on May 27.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vargaro01.shtml

ironmanfan
06-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Johnny Gray, who had the distinction of playing for both Philadelphia teams (Philiies & A's) as well as the indians during the 1950's passed away on May 21st:

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj28/VintageBaseballFan/1955%20Topps/GrayJohnny.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/VintageBaseballFan/media/1955%20Topps/GrayJohnny.jpg.html)

earlywynnfan
06-01-2014, 04:33 PM
Bob Houbregs, basketball HOFer passed last week.

Now maybe somebody can tell me how someone goes into the HOF as a player by playing for four teams in five seasons!

Ken

Mark17
06-03-2014, 07:33 PM
Blyleven played for 4 teams in 6 years, from 1976-81, during the years that are normally the prime of a player's career.

sox83cubs84
06-04-2014, 09:28 PM
An announcement on radio during tonight's Cubs/Mets game indicated that Don Zimmer has died at age 83. Zimmer played for the Dodgers in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, as well as the Cubs, Reds, Mets and expansion Senators as a player, coached for several teams, and managed the Rangers, Padres, Red Sox and Cubs after he retired as a player.



http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFg5NTU=/z/HIMAAOxy3cJTh1PY/$_57.JPG

Dave Miedema

emann
06-04-2014, 11:01 PM
Blyleven played for 4 teams in 6 years, from 1976-81, during the years that are normally the prime of a player's career.

Got that one beat; not a HOFer yet, but Jaromir Jagr played for 5 teams in 3 years (2011-2013).

Also, Rickey Henderson played on 5 teams in 4 seasons.

Not prime years for either, but still...

sox83cubs84
06-05-2014, 08:20 PM
Jack Dittmer, an infielder for 6 years in the Show, died May 31 at age 86.

Dittmer played for the Braves in both Boston and Milwaukee (1952-56) and with the Tigers in 1957. He was the regular 2B for the first Milwaukee Braves squad in 1953, appearing in 138 games.




http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mf9OjE7o6c34MMFjPrfkOzw.jpg


Dave Miedema

gorilla777
06-10-2014, 04:50 PM
Sad news on former Dodgers and A's pitcher, Bob Welch...

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11062293/bob-welch-former-oakland-athletics-los-angeles-dodgers-pitcher-dies-57

R_Aaronson
06-14-2014, 01:02 AM
RIP Chuck Noll
Steelers legendary coach

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11080732/legendary-piitsburgh-steelers-coach-chuck-noll-dies-82

allstarsplus
06-16-2014, 10:08 AM
Just heard about Tony Gwynn. Only 54 years old. Sad.

gorilla777
06-16-2014, 10:22 AM
Rough week in the sports world, young guys too..RIP

ironmanfan
06-22-2014, 08:54 AM
Joe "Shoes" Pittman, who appeared in over 100 games, primarily for the Astros from 1981-1984, passed away at the age of 60 on June 13th

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w497/ava122311/2013/PittmanJoe_zps25c9e9a1.png (http://media.photobucket.com/user/ava122311/media/2013/PittmanJoe_zps25c9e9a1.png.html)

ironmanfan
06-22-2014, 09:02 AM
Mark Ballinger, who pitched in 18 games for the 1971 Cleveland Indians, passed away on June 13th at the age of 65

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/ballima01.shtml

ironmanfan
06-25-2014, 08:23 AM
Billy McCool, a former All Star Pitcher primarily for the Reds during the 1960's, died back on June 8th.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccoobi01.shtml


http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h466/CardsTnT/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1970%20Cardinals/1970BillyMcCool.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/CardsTnT/media/Cardinal%20Greats%20and%20Oldtimers/1970%20Cardinals/1970BillyMcCool.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
06-29-2014, 11:26 PM
Philip Lutzenkirchen, a record-setting TE at Auburn, died early Sunday in an auto accident. He was 23.

Philip set an Auburn career record for most TD receptions by a tight end (14). He was signed by the Rams as a free agent in 2013, but was released after 4 months.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
07-01-2014, 07:04 AM
Bobby Castillo, who pitched for both the Twins & Dodgers from 1977-1985, died from cancer at the age of 59

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/castibo01.shtml

http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af283/eightball011/BobbyCastilloCard.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/eightball011/media/BobbyCastilloCard.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
07-03-2014, 07:06 AM
Jim Brosnan, former nine year MLB pitcher and author on the subject, passed away a few days ago at the age of 84.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/brosnji01.shtml

ironmanfan
07-07-2014, 03:57 PM
Earl Robinson, who played four seasons in the Majors (primarily with Baltimore) & who later became a successful basketball coach, passed away last Friday.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinea01.shtml

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d184/bwk123/Orioles%20Autographs/a6c2dc7f.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/bwk123/media/Orioles%20Autographs/a6c2dc7f.jpg.html)

earlywynnfan
07-10-2014, 09:12 PM
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140709/SPORTS0104/307090077/

Tom Veryzer passed Tuesday.

earlywynnfan
07-13-2014, 09:41 PM
Farewell, Don Lenhardt, as of July 9.

ironmanfan
07-16-2014, 06:19 AM
Bill Renna, who played for the A's, Yankees & Red Sox during the 1950's passed away last month at age 89.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rennabi01.shtml

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e192/abjohn/Trade%20List/1950s%20Baseball/56ToppsBillRenna.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/abjohn/media/Trade%20List/1950s%20Baseball/56ToppsBillRenna.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
07-20-2014, 08:29 AM
John Hoover, who was the Orioles #1 draft pick back in 1984 and a member of the 1984 USA Olympic Team (starting pitcher in their first game), passed away earlier in the month.

John had a "cup of coffee" with Texas in 1990 and is in the 1985 Topps set.

http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/19/4031837/former-fresno-state-baseball-ace.html

ironmanfan
07-31-2014, 07:36 AM
Art Schult, who played in 164 MLB games from 1953-1960, passed away on July 25:

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a476/cadets68graded/Baseball%20Cards%20Graded/1960%20Topps/1960-93.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/cadets68graded/media/Baseball%20Cards%20Graded/1960%20Topps/1960-93.jpg.html)

ironmanfan
08-02-2014, 08:12 AM
Dave Bakenhaster, who pitched in two games for the 1964 World Champion Cardinals, passed away on July 30th at the age of 69:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bakenda01.shtml

ironmanfan
08-02-2014, 08:56 AM
George Freese who played for the 1953 Tigers, 1955 Pirates & 1961 Cubs, passed away on July 27th:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a285/gosox55/1955%20Bowman%20Collecton/1955Bowman084GeorgeFreese.jpg (http://media.photobucket.com/user/gosox55/media/1955%20Bowman%20Collecton/1955Bowman084GeorgeFreese.jpg.html)

sox83cubs84
08-07-2014, 09:00 PM
Ed Sprinkle, a DE for the Chicago Bears from 1944-55, died earlier this week at the age of 90.

Sprinkle carried the nickname of the "Meanest Man in Pro Football" during his career. He did not miss a game from 1949 to the end of his career.


http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFgxMDAw/z/2RcAAOSwPe1T4Vai/$_57.JPG


Dave Miedema

joelsabi
08-12-2014, 02:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg_9FQk6UnA#t=180

I though for sure I had seen Robin Williams in a baseball movie but it was this scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg_9FQk6UnA#t=180

he will be missed.

gingi79
08-12-2014, 11:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg_9FQk6UnA#t=180

I though for sure I had seen Robin Williams in a baseball movie but it was this scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg_9FQk6UnA#t=180

he will be missed.

I was at the game when he shot his scenes with Travolta at Shea for Old Dogs. For three years prior as a camp counselor, it was my job to walk down with our fanatical autograph fan to try and get sigs before the game. We went to like 7 games in that span and waited for hours. Never worked, he struck out every time. My head counselor took pity on my in year four and took the kid down himself. Wouldn't you know it? He meets both Robin and Travolta and gets signatures and pictures! Two of my favorite actors, two guys I would have killed to shake hands with and take a selfie and kindness causes me to miss out. I was pissed then but when I heard he died, now I'm just really sad I didn't get to thank him for the millions of laughs he inspired.

sox83cubs84
09-02-2014, 05:25 PM
Jerry Lumpe, a 2B for 12 seasons in the American League, died 8/15 at age 81.

Lumpe was a reserve with the Yankees, appearing in 2 World Series (1957-58). He was traded during 1959 to the Kansas City A's, where he was a regular through 1963. After that season he was dealt to Detroit, wher he remained a regular through 1966, and a mmber of the Tigers through '67.

Dave Miedema

sox83cubs84
09-02-2014, 08:06 PM
Bob Weisler, a LHP with 6 full or partial seasons in the Show, died August 10, just 3 days short of his 84th birthday.

Weisler first apeared in the Majors with the 1951 Yankees. He went into military service from there. returning to the Bronx for 1954-55. His 1956-58 seasons were spent in the flannels of the original Washington Senators.

Dave M.

ironmanfan
09-05-2014, 06:24 AM
Rogers H. McKee who made his MLB debut at the age of 16 pitching for the 1943 Philadelphia Phillies, passed away on 09/01 at the age of 87.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mckeero01.shtml

sox83cubs84
09-10-2014, 09:49 PM
George Zuverink, RHP who worked for 4 teams between 1951-59, died September 8 at age 90.

Zuverink was besst remembered as a hurler for the Baltimore Orioles, but also spent time on the mound for Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit.

In the all-time roster of MLB players, he was next to last alphabetically, followed only by Dutch Zwilling.

Dave Miedema

ironmanfan
09-11-2014, 08:32 AM
George Zuverink, RHP who worked for 4 teams between 1951-59, died September 8 at age 90.

Zuverink was besst remembered as a hurler for the Baltimore Orioles, but also spent time on the mound for Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit.

In the all-time roster of MLB players, he was next to last alphabetically, followed only by Dutch Zwilling.

Dave Miedema

I wanted to add that Mr. Zuverink was also very generous for years about signing autographs TTM (I first wrote him in 1978).

ironmanfan
09-14-2014, 08:20 AM
Frank Torre, who played in six Major League seasons with the Braves & Phillies and the older brother of Joe, passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/frank-torre-joe-older-brother-ex-milwaukee-brave-dead-82-article-1.1938474

MSpecht
09-17-2014, 04:34 PM
Jeff Staggs, a linebacker with the undefeated ( 11-0 ) 1966 San Diego State Aztecs died today (9/17/2014) at age 70. Following his playing days with the Aztecs in 1965 - 66, Jeff played professionally with the San Diego Chargers ( 1967 - 1971, and 1974) and the St Louis Cardinals (1972 - 73.) He was elected to the San Diego State Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

Mike jackitout7@aol.com

ironmanfan
09-18-2014, 03:47 PM
Grant Dunlap, who played in 16 games for the 1953 St. Louis Cardinals, passed away on September 11th at the age of 90:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dunlagr01.shtml

beachpetrol
09-18-2014, 06:44 PM
Bob Suter , member of the 1980 USA Miracle On Ice team and father of the Wild's Ryan Suter, passed away on 9/9 of a heart attack.