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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Jeff McKnight dies of leukemia at 52

Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.

McKnight’s family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after battling leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who played for the Chicago Cubs briefly in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch, Arkansas.

Jeff McKnight made his big league debut with the Mets in 1989 and hit .233 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 218 games. He singled in his final at-bat for the Mets in August 1994, on the final day before a players’ strike wiped out the rest of the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcknight, mets, obituary, orioles

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pioneering Toronto Star baseball writer Alison Gordon dead at 72

Some touching stuff on baseball’s first female beat writer.  Good quotes from Lloyd Moseby, and you get a hint of what she went through in the early 80s.  RIP

It was in the late 1970s that female sportswriters began to push back against their long held prohibition from men’s locker rooms. After Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was barred from the New York Yankees’ clubhouse during the 1977 World Series, she filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball. She won the suit and by the end of the 1978 season the league’s clubhouse ban on women was overturned. A few months later Gordon became the first woman admitted to the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Paul D(uda) Posted: February 13, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, females in baseball, journalism, obituary, toronto blue jays

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alvin Dark dies — former Giants shortstop, manager, mentor of Willie Mays

Alvin Dark, manager of two Bay Area World Series teams and captain of the 1951 New York Giants who made a legendary comeback to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant, died early this morning at his home in Easley, S.C.

He was 92.

“He just simply died of old age,” said his son, Gene Dark. “He did not suffer. He did not linger. He died in his sleep.”

Dudefella Posted: November 13, 2014 at 03:42 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, obituary

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Brad Halsey dies in climbing accident

Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident. He was 33.

In 2004, Halsey dueled Boston ace Pedro Martinez into the middle innings in a game highlighted by Derek Jeter’s diving catch into the stands at Yankee Stadium.  In 2006, Halsey gave up Barry Bonds’ 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, yankees

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Brad Halsey Death Tweeted by Agent

Former Major League left-hander Brad Halsey died on Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a tweet by Halsey’s agency, O’Connell Sports.

No details yet.

#6bid rescued Ichiro the carpenter! Posted: November 04, 2014 at 11:10 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Monday, October 13, 2014

Toronto’s Witness To Sports History Is Dead

He was known to most as “Ralph the Programme Guy”.  If you ever attended a sporting event in Toronto, you know who I’m talking about.  He was at nearly every game.  He was a fixture selling programmes at Jays games for years.  Ditto for the Leafs, Raptors, Argos and thousands of concerts, from The Beatles in 1964 to Black Eyed Peas last year.  If it was a big event,  Ralph was there.  And now, he’s dead at the age of 67.

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Trying to calculate the number of events Ralph attended over his 50 years of “hawking” is next to impossible, but let’s try.  About 3000 Jays games at the CNE and the Dome since 1977.  Hundreds of Maple Leafs games at the Gardens and the A.C.C, starting in the 1960s.   Hundreds more Raptors games.  50 or so concerts a year for 50 years….there’s another 2500 events.  And if you add other special events, Argos games, Toronto Rock games, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer (Toronto Metros, Toronto Blizzard, Toronto FC) auto racing (I used to see him at Mosport) and heaven knows what else. He probably attended/worked 10 thousand events over the years, and made money at every one of them.  He was an entrepreneur before the word was even invented.  He was a hustler, too.  Had been since his days at Vaughn Road Collegiate and Seneca College.

Ralph was always in a hurry.  Whether it was running up and down the stairs at the Dome in his shorts, work boots and black socks or making change for a customer.  He didn’t waste time.   I introduced my wife to him a few years ago at a Jays game, and he looked me in the eye and said “You went to Newtonbrook (high school) didn’t you?”  “Yes”, I replied.  Then he looked at my wife and said “You didn’t go to high school in Toronto, did you?” (She didn’t).  I also reminded him that, many years ago,  he taught me how to say the Alphabet backwards.  I can still recite it to this day.  And while Ralph should’ve been a huge sports fan, because he attended so many games, he seemed much more interested in film and music.  He once confessed to being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, but I’m not sure he told anybody while he was hawking programmes at Leaf games.

Good cripple hitter Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: obituary, skydome, toronto blue jays

 

 

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