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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 is partially elite 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)
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