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    Jim Tucker, a power forward who played in the NBA during the 1950s, died on 5/14 at age 87.

    Tucker, who played in 3 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals, had his debut in the Association on 1/30/1955. Although he only appeared in 20 regular season games, he experienced what many NBA legends never did...being part off an NBA Championship team in 1954-55, his rookie season. He played in 70 games in 1955-56, and then ended his career after 9 games in 1956-57.

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    Jim Tucker on left, dark uniform.

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    [QUOTE=sox83cubs84;412932]Jerry Sloan, a Pro Basketball HoFer who had a decades-long love affair with pro basketball, died on 5/22 at age 78.

    One of the top defensive players of his era, Sloan's playing career began in 1965-66 with the Baltimore Bullets. The following season found him taken by the Bulls in the expansion draft, and he spent the next 10 seasons playing rough and tough defense for the team which, for most of his time there, was a perennial contender

    Sloan began his NBA coaching career with the Bulls, starting in 1979-80 and staying on the job until the team fired him in the middle of the 1981-82 season. After a few years off, he came aboard with the Utah Jazz, taking the role of an assistant coach beginning in 1985, and filling it until early in the 1988-89 campaign, when he was promoted to Head Coach. There he stayed through the 20110-11 season, and, near the end of his career, was named to the Pro BSKB HoF for his coaching career in 2009.

    The saddest factor of his career in the NBA in both roles was that he never played on nor coached a team that won the NBA Championship. His closest chances ended in the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, where his Jazz team was defeated in the Finals by the Chicago Bulls, with the two Bulls Finals wins capping off their second Three-Peat.

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    I couldn't get a photo to take on the original post, but am adding this one here.





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    Ken Retzer, a catcher who spent 4 season with the expansion Washington Senators, mostly as a back-up, died on 5/18 at age 76.

    Retzer was also traded to the Twins in time for the 1965 season, but never played an MLB game for them.

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    Biff Pocoroba, a back-urap catcher whose entire MLB career was spent with the Atlanta Braves, died on 5/24 at age 66.

    Pocoroba's 10-year stint in The Show began in April 1975, and ended in April 1984. Only in one season (1977) did he appear in over 100 games.

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    Roosevelt Taylor, a DB who played for 12 seasons in the NFL, died on 5/29 at age 82.

    Taylor spent most of his NFL career as a member of the Chicago Bears, beginning in 1961 and running through mid-1969, when he was dealt to the 49ers. He stayed there through the end of the 1971 season, after which he closed out his career with the Redskins in '72.

    Taylor played in 2 Pro Bowls, was named to the All-Pro team once, and was a starter on the NFL Champion Bears in 1963. He was also very dependable to be on the field patrolling his area, as in those 12 seasons, he only missed 2 games.

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    Arnie Umbach, who pitched briefly for both the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, died on 5/30. He was 77.

    Umbach pitched in onlyy 1 gamee in 1964 for Milwaukee. He started it, and he won it. In 1966, he threw in 22 games for Atlanta, mostly out of the bullpen, but was let go in midseason.

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    Reche Caldwell, a WR who caught passes for 3 different NFL teams over 6 seasons, died at age 41 on 6/6.

    Caldwell played for the Chargers from 2002-2005 before spending 2006 with the Patriots and finishing his career in 2007 with the rEDSKINS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sox83cubs84 View Post
    Reche Caldwell, a WR who caught passes for 3 different NFL teams over 6 seasons, died at age 41 on 6/6.

    Caldwell played for the Chargers from 2002-2005 before spending 2006 with the Patriots and finishing his career in 2007 with the rEDSKINS.

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    Caldwell died due to a gunshot wound after two men ambushed him outside his residence. The police do not believe that this was a random act.

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    Hank Mason, a RHP who had cups of coffee with the 1958 and 1960 Phillies in their bullpen, died on 5/29 at age 88.

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    John Zook, a DE who played from 1969-79 in the NFL, died on 6/6 at age 72.

    Zook, who appeared in 1 Pro Bowl, spent his first 7 years in the NFL with the Falcons, and the last four with the Cardinals.

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