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Monday, October 07, 2019

Andy Etchebarren, who led York Revolution to two Atlantic League titles, dies at age 76

Andy Etchebarren, the manager who led the York Revolution to two Atlantic League championships, has died.

Etchebarren was 76. He death was first announced by the Revs and Major League Baseball.

“It is with great sorrow that we inform our fans of the passing of our beloved Andy Etchebarren,” the Revs posted on the team’s Twitter site on Saturday night. “Etch was the second manager in Revolution history and led the team to its first two (Atlantic League) championships. He will be missed by baseball fans everywhere.”

A former All-Star catcher with the Baltimore Orioles, Etchebarren became York’s manager during the 2009 season, replacing another ex-Orioles catcher, Chris Hoiles.

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:03 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Friday, September 06, 2019

Chris Duncan dies at 38; helped 2006 Cards win World Series, became a hit on local sports radio

A slugger with a familiar last name who often powered through pain and lifted the Cardinals to a World Series championship in 2006 and then later had a second act as a candid sports pundit on St. Louis radio, Chris Duncan died Friday in Tucson, Ariz., after years of battling brain cancer. He was 38.

The son of former Cardinals pitching Dave Duncan, Chris reached the majors in 2005 and became a force in 2006, just as an injury-riddled Cardinals team started to flag. Duncan’s 22 home runs in his rookie season, 19 after the All-Star break, and his .977 OPS in that season’s second half helped carry an 83-win team that limped into the playoffs before finding its stride and winning the organization’s 10th World Series title. Duncan would play three more seasons with the Cardinals before being traded to Boston in 2009, though not one gleamed like the rookie year that ended with a ring.

“We wouldn’t be here without him,” manager Tony La Russa said at the time.

Duncan was first diagnosed in 2012 with glioblastoma, the same sinister brain cancer his mother Jeanine had, and after surgery Chris was able to make significant progress and return to work as a co-host for 101.1 FM/WXOS. In March 2018 he acknowledged, on air, that the tumor had come back. He had been hosting shows, prepping opinions, and keeping the tumor’s return quiet for several months. Duncan took a leave of absence and, in January, made his departure from the radio station permanent so that he could “focus on health.”

 

QLE Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Former Cleveland Indians catcher Hal Naragon dies at 90

CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Indians catcher Hal Naragon has died, the team announced Saturday morning. He was 90 years old.

“The Indians family is deeply saddened by the passing of Hal Naragon. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, a great teammate and coach. Hal put the ‘magic’ in Barberton,’” said Bob DiBiasio, Indians senior vice president of public affairs.

Naragon was born in Zanesville Ohio and went to high school in Barberton. He signed with the Indians in 1947 and made his debut in 1951. Later, he took a break from baseball to serve in the United States Marine Corps.

RIP.

QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 15, 2019


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Loek van Mil, tallest pro baseball player ever, dies at 34

Some sad news: Loek Van Mil, the Dutch pitcher who spent ten seasons in the minors and who starred for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, has died at age 34. The Netherlands baseball and softball association, KNBSB, said that his death was due to injuries sustained in an accident. Standing at seven feet one inch tall, van Mil was most notable for being the tallest man ever known to have played professional baseball.

 

QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Don Mossi | 1954 Cleveland Indians Relief Star Dies At 90

Don Mossi, one of the last living members of the Cleveland Indians 1954 American League Championship team, died July 19, 2019 in Nampa, Idaho as per his daughter Linda Mossi Tubbs. He was 90.

Mossi signed with the Indians in 1949 from Jefferson High School in Daly City, California. They immediately placed him with their Class C team in Bakersfield, keeping the California native within the confines of his home state to develop his talent. The move paid off, as Mossi worked his way to the big league club five years later, right in time for a pennant run.

The left-hander joined the Indians in 1954, integrating himself into a dominant pitching staff that included Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and Hal Newhouser. Mossi partnered with Ray Narleski to form a relief combo that sealed many of the Indians 104 victories.

“You’ll never have a staff like that ever put together again,” Narleski said in a phone interview from his New Jersey home in 2008. “You had four 20-game-winners. Then you had Art Houtteman and Hal Newhouser; that’s six of ‘em. Then you had Mossi, myself, Hoskins, and Hooper.”

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

RIP Baseball Prospectus’s Rob McQuown

RIP. A great guy, with whom I was hoping to work more.

Thread with tribute tweets

Ben Lindbergh describes his contributions

The District Attorney Posted: July 17, 2019 at 12:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

The Philadelphia Phillies announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a Philly native who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, joined the Phillies’ sales staff in 1971 and became a minority owner in 1981. He’d served as chairman since early 2015, when he returned from a leave of absence for cancer treatment.

The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Business School alumnus took on a reduced role following his 2015 comeback, a decision he said took a little convincing from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: May 09, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Harding ‘Pete’ Peterson: General manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates during its World Series triumph, ‘a brilliant baseball mind,’ started as Rutgers catcher

Baseball lost one of their biggest icons in a trade with God on April 16, 2019 when Harding “Pete” Peterson passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

Pete will be remembered as a brilliant baseball mind, who as general manager, coordinated the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. At earlier positions with the Pirates, he also was part of the championship teams of 1960 and 1971. Pete entered his baseball career as a catcher for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they headed to the college World Series in 1950. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and went on to become general manager for the organization. He also had the privilege of being general manager for the NY Yankees.

Pete was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Oct. 17, 1929. He graduated from Rutgers University and later was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to baseball. After retirement, Pete moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., where he enjoyed the warm weather, golfing and the daily camaraderie of friends and neighbors.

RIP.

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
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