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  1. #81
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    Kim Batiste, a back-up 3B-SS for five seasons in The Show, died on 10/7 at age 52.

    Batiste played for the Phillies from 1991-94. He didn't play in MLB in 1995, but returned for one final season in 1996, playing for the Giants.

    He appeared in both the NLCS and World Series for the '93 Phillies, smacking a double in the NLCS in his only at-bat in both playoff rounds.

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    Hall of Fame 2B Joe Morgan, part of the MLB playing landscape for 22 seasons, died on 10/11 at age 77.

    His first tastes of The Show came in 1963-64, when Houston's team was known as the Colt .45s. He continued playing for Houston through 1971, and was traded to the Reds in the '71-'72 offseason, only to return to the Astros in 1980.

    Of course, those years with the Reds are what made him a legend. Playing for back-to-back World Series winners in 1975-76, he also won 2 MVP awards, played in 10 All-Star Games, won 5 Gold Gloves, and led the NL in walks 4 different times.

    In his final 4 seasons, he played for the Giants (1981-82), Phillies (1983) and Athletics (1984).

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    Another former pro athlete has succumbed to COVID19.

    HOF DE Fred Dean passed away on 10/14 at age 68.

    Dean played on 2 Super Bowl winners with the 49ers. He was an All-Pro twice and was named to 4 Pro Bowl squads.

    Dean came to the NFL in 1975 with the Chargers, remaining there until mid-1981. He then joined the 49ers and stayed there until his retirement after the 1985 season.


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    J.W. Porter, a C-OF who played for 5 different ballclubs in the 1950s, died on 10/11 at age 87.

    Porter broke in with the St. Louis Browns in 1952. After serving in the military for the next 2 years, he returned to The Show in 1955, remaining there through 1957. He spent time with the Indians in 1958, and called it a career in 1959 after splitting the season between the Senators and the Cardinals.

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    Mario Henderson, an OT who spent 2007-10 in an Oakland Raiders uniform, died 10/21 at age 35.

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    Matt Blair, a LB who played his entire NFL career with Minnesota,died on10/22 at age 70.

    A defensive star from 1974-85, Blair was part of 6 NFC Pro Bowl teams and was named to 1 All-Pro team. He is among the Vikings greats who are remembered in the team's Ring of Honor.

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    Bill Mathis, a RB in the old American Football League, died on 10/21 at age 81.

    While Mathis was originally drafted in 1960 by the Houston Oilers, he was dealt to the New York Titans (later the Jets) prior to the season opener. His career with New York's AFL team ran from 1960-69, and he played for the Jets in Super Bowl 3.

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    Tom Yewcic, who played in 1 game for the Tigers in 1957 and was a member of the NCAA 1952 National Champion football team at Michigan State, died on 10/21 at age 88.

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