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Friday, October 05, 2018

Hartford Native Peter Bjarkman, Foremost Expert, Author On Cuban Baseball, Dies At 77

Peter C. Bjarkman, a Hartford native who went on to become one of the foremost experts and most prolific writers about baseball in Cuba, died on Monday in Havana. He was 77.

“In America, everyone fancies himself a baseball expert,” wrote John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, “perhaps in Cuba, too. But no American has joined the past, present and future of each nation’s view of the game as Bjarkman has.”

Details of Bjarkman’s death were not immediately available. Reynaldo Cruz, the editor of Universo Béisbol and a longtime friend, told The Courant via email that Bjarkman died Monday of an apparent heart attack as he was boarding a plane in Havana. Cruz identified Bjarkman’s body and is planning a tribute.

QLE Posted: October 05, 2018 at 05:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, history, peter bjarkman, rip

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Marty Pattin, a major league All-Star in 1971 who won 114 games in a career that spanned 13 seasons, died Wednesday at the age of 75.

Pattin pitched for the Royals from 1974 to ’80 and also the California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox. He had lived in Lawrence since 1982 when he accepted a job as head baseball coach at the University of Kansas where he led the Jayhawks from ’82 to ’87.

According to a source close to the family, the Charleston, Ill., native and 1965 Eastern Illinois University graduate died in his sleep in Illinois where he was visiting friends. Details on services are not yet available.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marty pattin, rip

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Former baseball coach [and MLB player] Sam Esposito, 86, was ‘at the root of every success story at NC State’

Sam Esposito is the thread that connects the biggest sports accomplishments N.C. State’s history.

Esposito led the Wolfpack baseball program to the College World Series in 1968. He was an assistant basketball coach on their 1974 national championship team and indirectly helped N.C. State win another basketball title in 1983.

Esposito, whom N.C. State baseball coach Elliott Avent affectionately called “the godfather of N.C. State athletics,” passed away early Tuesday morning in Montezuma. He was 86.

 

QLE Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nc state, ncaa, rip, sam esposito

 

 

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