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  1. #131
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    Tom Acker, a tall RHP who took the mound for Cincinnati from 1956-59, died at age 90 on 1/4.

    Acker finished his rookie year with a sparkling 2.37 ERA. The following year, his W-L ledger was 10-5

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    Don Leppert, a 2B who played for the Orioles in 40 games during the 1955 season, died on 1/5 at age 90.

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    Ben Jordan, a king sized RHP for the University of Kentucky,, died on 1/11 at age 22.

    Jordan took the mound for the Wildcats in 10 games in 2019.

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    Hall of Famer Don Sutton, a teammate of both Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale on the 1966 NL champion Dodgers, died at age 75 on 1/19.

    Sutton finished his career with 324 wins, 3,574 strikeouts with a 3.24 ERA. He was named to 4 All-Star teams and won the NL ERA title in 1980 (2.20).

    He is best remembered as a Dodgers, opening his MLB career there (1966-80) and also ending it in Dodger blue (1988). He pitched for the Astros in 181 and most of 1982 before being acquired by the Brewers for the 1982 stretch run. Sutton also threw for Milwaukee in 1983-84. Most of his 1985 season was with the Athletics, although he again was a pennant race acquisition, joining the Angels late in the season and staying there for the 1986 and 1987 campaigns.

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    Hank Aaron, MLB's all-time HR king for over 30 years and still the true HR king in the eyes of many, died on 1/22 at age 86.

    Playing for the Braves in both Milwaukee and Atlanta for 21 years (1954-74) and then heading back to Milwaukee to wind down his career with the Brewers (1975-76), "Hammerin' Hank" clobbered 755 HR in his MLB career. He led the NL in hits twice, and led in both home runs and RBI on 4 different occasions and won 2 NL batting titles. His 2,297 RBI is still #1 on the all-time MLB list.

    Aaron also won 3 Gold Gloves, an NL MVP award (1957) and is the only man in MLB annals to be a member of an All-Star Game team 25 times. Keep in mind that from 1959-1962, there were 2 All-Star Games each season.

    He is known for wearing uniform #44 for nearly his entire career, the only exception being his rookie season of 1954, when he wore #5.

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    Ted Thompson, a LB for 10 years with the Houston Oilers, and later an NFL executive for 13 years, died on 1/22 at age 68.

    Thompson spent 1975-84 on the Oilers' roster, and in addition to playing linebacker, he also had a very brief stint with the team in 180 where he acted as a kicker, going 4-for-4 in extra point attempts.

    After that, he spent 13 seasons in the Packers' front office as VP/GM/Director of Football Operations, and was part of a Super Bowl winner in that time.

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    Mike Sadek, who spent his entire MLB career of 8 seasons as the backup catcher for the Giants, died on 1/20 at age 74.

    Sadek caught for San Francisco in 1973 and also 1975-81.

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    Ron Samford, a SS-2B who played for 3 different teams in the 1950s, died 1/14 at age 90.

    Samford was part of the 1954 World Series winning New York Giants, although he didn't make the Series roster. He played in 1 game for the Tigers in 1955, and spent more time with them in 1957, before ending his MLB career with the Senators in 1959

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    Ron Johnson, who had three short stints in MLB, died on 1/26 at age 64.

    A multi-position player (C/1B/RF), Johnson was briefly with the Royals in 1982-83 and the Expos in 1984.

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    Paul Foytack, a RHP who was a quality member of the Detroit Tigers' starting rotation for several years, died on 1/23 at age 90.

    After a short beginning with the Tigers in early 1953, he returned to The Show for keeps in 1955, and remained with Detroit until early in the 1963 season, where he was dealt to the Angels, retiring after being released in April of the1964 season. From 1956-62, Foytack posted a double-digit number of wins 6 times over that 7-year span.

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