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    Bart Johnson, a pitcher whose entire career was spent with the White Sox, died on 4/22 at age 70.

    Johnson served both out of the bullpen and as a starter between 1969 and 1977 (did not play in 1975). His best season was 1974, when he went 10-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 8 complete games.

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    Dick Lucas, an end who played for the 1960 NFL Champion Eagles, died on 4/29 as a result of COVID19. He was 86.

    After appearing in 4 games for the 1958 Steelers, he made his mark with the Eagles from 1960-63.

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    Hall of Famer Don Shula, a coach who won 2 Super Bowls, died on 5/4 at age 90.

    His head coaching career began with the pre-merger Baltimore Colts from 1963-69. The following season he took over the head coaching slot for the Miami Dolphins, and continued in that position through 1995.

    Prior to coaching, Shula was a DB in the NFL for the Browns (1951-52), the Colts (1953-56) and the Redskins (1957)

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    Matt Keough, a RHP from 1977-86 (except for '84) with Oakland and 4 other MLB teams, died on 5/1 at age 64.

    One of the Five Aces on Oakland in the early 1980s who had their arms pretty much ruined due to manager Billy Martin overworking them, Keough posted a 16-13 record with a 2.92 ERA and 20 CG in 1980. He was dealt to the Yankees in 1983, then finished his MLB career with the Cardinals (1985) and finally the Cubs and Astros in 1986.

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    Dave are you OK?
    not like you to go a week without a sports Obit unless you are not well

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGoldin View Post
    Dave are you OK?
    not like you to go a week without a sports Obit unless you are not well
    I haven't been for the last 9 days, although I'm now getting somewhat back to normal. I had an illness which completely sapped me of strength and stamina, as well as other issues, Most of the other problems (fever, loss of appetite) have subsided, but I'm still well under full physical strength. This is still a big improvement from a week ago, where my wife had to help me get out bed to go the loo and I was unable to sit up in a chair for more than 10 minutes. All that is now in the rear view mirror.

    I appreciate the concern, Ken, and thanks for the contact.

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    Bob Watson, a quality 1B and corner OF from 1966-84, and who went on to success in both team and league front offices, died 5/14 at 74.

    After very brief call-ups in 1966 and '67, Watson was up to stay in 1968 with the Astros, remaining one of their key ballplayers through 1979, when he split the season between Houston and Boston. Joining the Yankees in 1980. he remained in the Bronx until early 1982, when he was dealt to the Braves, finishing his career with them in 1984.

    Two oddball trivia facts about Watson:

    1) He was credited with scoring MLB all-time one millionth run, and

    2) He made a cameo appearance in full uniform during a scene at the Astrodome in "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training.:

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    Larry Gowell, a RHP who appeared in 2 games for the 1972 Yankees, died on 5/11 at age 72.

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    Ben Johnson, a RHP with the Cubs in 1959 and 1960, died on 5/8, just a week before his 89th birthday.

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    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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