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  1. #41
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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.

    Dave Miedema[/QUOTE

    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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