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  1. #171
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    Elgin Baylor, a Hall of Famer who excelled as a player and GM, and also spent 4 seasons as a head coach, died on 3/22 at age 86.

    Baylor's entire NBA playing career was spent with the Lakers, beginning in 1958-59 when the Lakers played in Minneapolis, to 1971-72 when they called Los Angeles home as the team does now. In his rookie season, he took home both the NBA Rookie of the Year award and the trophy for All-Star Game MVP. He also made 10 All-NBA teams and was named to11 squads for the NBA Al-Star Game.

    After his playing career was over, he spent 4 seasons as the head coach of the New Orleans Jazz and afterwards spent 20 years in the front office of the Clippers, mainly as GM.

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    Bobby Brown, a utility player who contributed to the Yankees for 8 seasons, died earlier this week at age 96.

    Brown appeared in 4 different World Series for the Bronx Bombers, with his career spanning from 1946-54 (excluding 1953). Later in life he was the American League President from 1984-94.

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    Joe Cunningham, a 1B for 3 MLB teams in a 12-year career, died on 3/25 at age 89.

    After being promoted by the Cardinals to the Majors during the 1954 season, Cunningham returned near the end of the '56 campaign after spending most of that season and all of 1955 in military service. Being named to the NL All-Star team for both of the games held in 1959, he remained with St. Louis until after the 1961 season, when he was traded to the White Sox.

    The South Side of Chicago remained his MLB home through mid-1964, when he was dealt to the Senators, ending his playing career there after appearing in 4 games in April 1966.

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    Coot Veal, a reserve SS for 6 years in the Majors, died on 3/14 at age 88.

    His career, which ran from 1958-63, was spent primarily with the Tigers, although he played for the expansion Senators in 1961, and in 1 game for the Pirates in 1962.

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    Mike Bell, the current bench coach for the Minnesota Twins, died on 3/26 due to cancer. He was 46.

    Part of the third generation of the Bell family in MLB (son of Buddy Bell, grandson of the late Gus Bell), his playing career in The Show was limited to 19 games at 3B with the 2000 Reds.

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    Howard Schnellenberger, a coach for over a half century in both college football and the NFL, died over the weekend at age 87.

    He was the head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1973 and part of 1974, this after he was hired away from Miami, for whom he was offensive coordinator for the undefeated, untied 1972 team. He also guided a once-awful Miami Hurricanes NCAA team, which became a successful program after his arrival, to an NCAA Championship during his tenure there.

    He left to coach a Miami entry in the then-new USFL, but the team never got off the ground, and he returned to coaching in the college ranks. His final stop was at Florida Atlantic, spending a decade there before his retirement in 2011. The team's home field was later renamed in his honor.

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    Randy Tate, a RHP who went 5-13 as a starting pitcher in his only MLB season with the 1975 Mets, died on 3/25 at age 68.

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    Ken Reitz, a 3B who played for 11 years in the NL, 8 of them with the Cardinals, died on 3/31 at age 69.

    Nicknamed "The Zamboni" due to his sure-handed defense, Reitz was named to 1 NL All-Star team and won 1 Gold Glove during his career. In those other 3 seasons, he played for the Giants (1976), Cubs (1981) and Pirates (1982).

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    Chuck Schilling, the 2B for the Red Sox from 1961-65, died on 3/30 at age 83.

    His best season was his rookie season, in which he set career highs in games played (158), RBI (62) and BA (.249). He also posted his career high in fielding percentage (.991) and led the AL in plate appearances (738).

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