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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Philly.com: Stan Hochman passes away at age 86

RIP.

Sadly, Philadelphia lost one of its literary legends when Hochman died at Bryn Mawr Hospital on Thursday after a recent illness. He was 86.

Hochman, according to Pat McLoone, managing editor of the Daily News, could be summed up in one word: “Great.”

“When you think that Stan Hochman came on the Philadelphia sports scene in the late ‘50s, made a mark right away and has been great, truly great, for more than 50 years, it really is overwhelming,” said McLoone, who was sports editor from 1989 to 2008. “I mean, Stan was great as a Phillies beat writer covering Gene Mauch in the collapse of 1964, great covering Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Doctor J, Bobby Clarke, Reggie White and great to his final piece [in February].

“His coverage of Dick Allen’s shot at the Hall of Fame, how he helped champion the cause, showed how great he still really was. I have been in awe of Stan since the first time I read the Daily News as a young kid and remain in awe of him today. For his insistence on accuracy, his incredible speed as a writer and his courage and truth-seeking as a columnist. Most importantly, I have been witness to him as a great husband, father and grandfather. It is a sad day in the history of Philadelphia sports, and he will be missed by so many.”

AndrewJ Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sadly, We’ve Lost Another Primate

With a heavy heart we regret to inform you of the untimely death of longtime Primate Joel Schuster, known on the site as either Jack Vincennes or Bunny Vincennes. Although I didn’t interact directly with Joel often over the years, he will be missed by all as he was always a force to be reckoned with,whether in a contentious Cubs thread or is a heated Lounge thread. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends, especially to his many,many friends on the site.

In lieu of flowers, the Dane County Humane Society or the YWCA - organizations that were important to Joel. Messages may be left with http://www.butzinmarchant.com

A gathering to remember Joel and celebrate his love of baseball will be held on Sunday, April 12th from 2-6 p.m. at Genna’s cocktail lounge at 105 W. Main, Madison, WI 53703. All who knew Joel are welcome to watch the Cubs play the Rockies, follow the final round of the Master’s, share stories and sing, “Take me out to the ballgame!”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 102 comment(s)
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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

 

 

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