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    Carroll Hardy, who played in both MLB and the NFL, died on 8/9 at age 87.

    Hardy played in the Bigs from 1958-64 with the Indians, Red Sox and Colt .45s. He also participated in 11 games for the 1967 Twins.

    Before he made it to The Show, he appeared in 10 games as a RB for the 1955 49ers.

    Hardy also has a one-of-a-kind status in MLB, as he was, and will remain, the only player in MLB annals ever to pinch-hit for Ted Williams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sox83cubs84 View Post
    Tootie Robbins, an OT who played in the NFL for 12 seasons, died on 8/2 at age 62.

    Robbins' pro career began in 1982 and lasted until 1993. Except for his last 2 seasons, in which he performed for the Packers, his career was in the uniform of the Cardinals (both St. Louis and Phoenix).

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    Unintentionally omitted from initial post: cause of death was COVID19.

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    Dale Hawerchuk, a 16-year center in the NHL, a Hall of Famer, and a member of the NHL's 500-goal club, died on 8/18 at age 57 after a long battle with cancer.

    Awarded the Calder Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year) for the 1981-82 season, Hawerchuk spent the majority of his career with Winnipeg and Buffalo, along with brief stops in St. Louis and in Philadelphia in his last 2 seasons. His career goals total was 518.

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    Howie Judson, a RHP who toed MLB mounds from 1948-54, died on 8/18 at age 94.

    Working both as a starter and a reliever over his MLB career, Judson came up to The Show in 1948 with the White Sox, hurling for them from '48-'52. He then pitched for the Reds in 1953-54.

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    Angel (Remy) Hermoso, a utility IF with brief stops in The Show for 3 different teams, died on 8/21 at age 73.

    Hermoso's MLB career began with the Braves in 1967, for whom he became the first Venezuelan ballplayer in franchise history. He was with the Expos in both 1969 and 1970, After several season out of the Majors, he returned for his final season in MLB with the 1974 Indians.

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    Lute Olsen, the head coach for men's basketball at the University of Arizona, died on 8/27 at age 85.

    Olsen spent 25 seasons at Arizona, with his team winning the whole ball of wax in 1997, and coaching the Wildcats to 23 straight appearances in March Madness. He also took 5 more trips to the Big Dance at the helm for Iowa and Long Beach State, with one of those trips ending up with the Hawkeyes in the Final Four.

    Enshrined in both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Basketball HOF, Olsen retired with 776 career coaching wins.

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    Clifford Robinson, an 18-year NBA veteran who played center and both forward positions, died on 8/29 at age 53, after a year-long battle with lymphoma.

    Beginning his NBA career with Portland back in the 1989-90 season, he also spent time with Phoenix, Detroit, Golden State and New Jersey. He was an All-Star in 1994, and won the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 19922-93 season.

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    John Thompson, longtime basketball coach for the NCAA Georgetown Hoyas, died on 8/30, 3 days before his 79th birthday.

    Thompson took Georgetown to the NCAA basketball championship in 1984, the first African-American basketball head coach to win it all. He also lead the Hoyas to three Final Fours.

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    Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in "42", died on 8/28 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

    Boseman also played the role of the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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    Hall of Fame pitcher and Mets legend Tom Seaver died at age 75 on 8/31, the result of a form of body dementia and also implications from COVID19.

    His list of career accomplishments is long and detailed:

    1967 NL Rookie of the Year
    3 Cy Young Awards
    3 NL ERA titles
    12x NL All-Star
    Ace of 1969 World Champion Mets

    Seaver came within one out of throwing a perfect game against the Cubs at Shea Stadium in 1969. It was broken up by Cubs PH Jim Qualls.

    His arrival with the Red Sox came during the 1986 season after a trade with the White Sox, where Boston sent Steve Lyons to the Pale Hose in exchange for Seaver. One clever sportswriter termed the swap as "Cy Young for Psy-cho".

    Career totals:

    W-L record: 311-205
    ERA 2.86
    IP 4,783
    SO 3,640

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