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Friday, October 04, 2019

Twitter: An Update for Bob [Tufts’s] Followers

Today the surgical staff & many others involved in Bob’s care have told us that sadly the infection has spread, and there is nothing more they can do medically. In accordance with Bob’s living will and wishes to observe Jewish medical ethics we are making him as comfortable as possible.

As always, Suzanne Israel Tufts & I thank you for your support, your prayers, & your love for our big guy. He knows you all have been pulling for him. For now the 3 of us are spending as much time together as possible watching the ballgame.

To my dear, sweet father:
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Terrible news for one of our own. Best wishes to his family.

Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: October 04, 2019 at 11:41 AM | 43 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:11 PM (#5886420)
*sigh*
   2. Lassus Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:15 PM (#5886422)
Well, this fucking blows.

Keep pitching the one-liners, Bob, if you're reading. Glad to have met you at the softball game.
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5886423)
Very sorry to hear this. I’ve never met Bob in person but he’s always seemed like a great guy from interacting with him here and following him on social media.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5886424)
Tough news. Genuinely nice guy.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5886434)
If his family comes here know that Bob was thought of well by all. I always enjoyed his perspective on things.
   6. . Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:43 PM (#5886440)
He was indeed. ####### it.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5886441)
As I posted last night, at least from his comments here and reputation, Bob is that rare combination of a gentleman and a scholar...and a top-notch athlete.
   8. catomi01 Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:47 PM (#5886443)
this sucks...one of the highlights of the first bbtf softball game was trading pitching tips with him.
   9. Obo Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:49 PM (#5886446)
He was an insightful poster here and it was a pleasure to meet him at the Central Park softball game. Because of his good-humored willingness to toss slow-pitch that day I can forever say that I once batted against a major-leaguer. Thanks Bob!
   10. ajnrules Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5886473)
His family posted an update.

RIP Bob Tufts (1955-2019)

#### cancer!
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5886477)
He joins Harvey's in the BBTF Hall of Fame.
   12. phredbird Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5886478)

my condolences to his family.
   13. bunyon Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5886479)
Very sad. I haven't yet made it to a softball game and this suggests I should. I only knew him here but came away very impressed.

I'll double what Jose said, if any of his family stops by, we loved him here.
   14. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5886491)
Damn. Sorry to his family and friends. He will be remembered.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:41 PM (#5886492)
A true gentleman, R.I.P.
   16. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5886503)
Hope he's knocking some back with Harveys and John in the Big Watering Hole in the Sky.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5886518)
I posted a couple of Bob's gems in last night's OmniChatter, and adding a couple more:

5. Bob Tufts Posted: June 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM (#4152716)
The Yankees used to have a car drive you in from the bullpen.

In my one appearance at the Stadium, the driver had to put on the windshield wipers because fans threw food and beer at the car as it went by the left field stands.

............

363. Bob Tufts Posted: August 18, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4521865)
And no (known) hospital visits or arrests. However, there were some unseemly activities involving consumption of sugary substances and 16 ounce plus drinks in violation of Michael Bloomberg's attempted edicts.

I am glad to be one of three MLB players born in Medford. MA (Monbouquette, Pagliarulo) but ashamed to count Bloomberg on the list of the city's (in)famous residents.

...............

7. Bob Tufts Posted: July 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4508898)
If John Rocker had Dennis Eckersley's statistics but carried the same emotional baggage and abrasive opinions, would he be voted into the Hall of Fame?

Would Rocker become the equivalent of Ted Nugent not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? (And I'm still waiting for the Moody Blues to get in......)

9. Traderdave Posted: July 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4508983)
The Moody Blues are in the Lite Rock Hall of Fame.

11. Bob Tufts Posted: July 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4509001)
Lite? Yes, not Metallica but creative. And the list that is in includes Abba (?), Neil Diamond, Genesis, Joni Mitchell....so many Phil Rizzutos - or were they similar to Rice and Dawson because they were feared in their day?

................

from Royalsreview.com in 2012:

RR: You post regularly at Baseball Think Factory, a sabermetric-oriented forum. Do you follow any of today's modern stats and what do you think about their infiltration into the game?

BT: At first I was not amused by the new statistical methods, connecting their origins and logic to the geniuses that brought down Wall Street via derivative trades. But upon further reflection, it is merely another way for fans to enjoy the game of baseball and a useful tool to try to quantify player production. In any business, you want the marginal revenue generated by an input to be greater than the marginal costs associated with it. As salaries increase, teams have to run themselves like an actual business and not as a charity, and these are useful tools in the process.

People at BBTF can take themselves too seriously, but fans can take the game too seriously as well.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5886528)
I got to know Bob a very little bit through here and email exchanges and on Twitter. He was a very bright man, gracious with his time, warm, funny, a tireless advocate for patients like himself, and he will be terribly missed. RIP Bob Tufts.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:37 PM (#5886534)
RIP. Met him at the softball game, and a couple of primate bar get togethers in NYC. Very nice guy.
   20. villageidiom Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:51 PM (#5886542)
First, foremost, and most obvious, my condolences to his family. May you find comfort.

Second, my condolences to this community. Bob was an active and beloved member. Although we had an obvious affinity toward anyone who actually played the game we love at its highest level and would associate with us, Bob was kind with his words, generous with his thoughts, and as good of a friend to a bunch of partly-anonymous baseball fans on the internet as one could be. May each of us find comfort.
   21. Karl from NY Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:52 PM (#5886543)
Yes, Bob's presence at the softball game was one of the warmest memories of my life. Thanks to him I'll always be able to say I got a hit off a major league pitcher.

10-year battle with the myeloma, wow, I hadn't realized he was already suffering from that at the time of the games, that only elevates my respect even more.
   22. base ball chick Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:04 PM (#5886549)
can anyone here with a twitter feed go to that page and pls tell bob we love him and miss him and Godspeed

thx
   23. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:32 PM (#5886561)
Rest well, Bob.
   24. DJS Thinks Apples and Oranges are Similar Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:39 PM (#5886563)
I like to think somewhere, Bob is shitposting with John Brattain.
   25. Stormy JE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5886564)
Bob was a sweetheart of a man and always knew how to brighten a conversation. I last chatted with him over the phone in August and, despite the difficult days he knew lay ahead, remained incredibly upbeat.

Love and prayers to his wife Suzanne and daughter Abby.

May his memory be for a blessing.
   26. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5886571)
Bob was a sweetheart of a man and always knew how to brighten a conversation. I last chatted with him over the phone in August and, despite the difficult days he knew lay ahead, remained incredibly upbeat.


I think that's 2 of the 5 of us, who had drinks five years ago last April, that are gone.

It was you (Jason), me, my good friend Anthony (played in one softball game, 2013 I think), Bob Tufts, and who was the 5th? Shooty?
   27. Stormy JE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:09 PM (#5886577)
It was you (Jason), me, my good friend Anthony (played in one softball game, 2013 I think), Bob Tufts, and who was the 5th? Shooty?
I'm 99% positive it was Shooty.

Why couldn't the bar employee who played the music so freaking loud that the five of us could barely make out every other word have died instead?
   28. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:13 PM (#5886579)
He is already missed. RIP Bob. Condolences to all his family and friends.
   29. SoSH U at work Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:39 PM (#5886586)
RIP to Bob and condolences to his family.
   30. Zach Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:44 PM (#5886588)
RIP Bob. He will be missed.
   31. . . . . . . Posted: October 04, 2019 at 05:20 PM (#5886600)
He seemed to get an enormous amount of joy out of having been brilliant at baseball, which is how I hope I'd have done it if I had such gifts. A real loss.
   32. Greg Pope Posted: October 04, 2019 at 07:42 PM (#5886647)
I've never made it to a softball game, so I never met him in person. But he was a blessing to have here and he will be sorely missed.
   33. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 09:40 PM (#5886681)
I'm going to miss him. :(
   34. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 09:58 PM (#5886689)
I'm 99% positive it was Shooty.

Why couldn't the bar employee who played the music so freaking loud that the five of us could barely make out every other word have died instead?


I think the three of us need to get together and hoist a toast to them both.
   35. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:17 PM (#5886699)
RIP, Bob and condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of playing softball with him. A nice man.

I can say I made a couple of nice plays behind him at 3B. I didn’t hit him well — I pulled my line drives foul and put all my grounders fair.

I also have a Kevin Bacon connection: my cousin married a guy who knew Bob at Princeton
   36. Stormy JE Posted: October 05, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5886746)
I think the three of us need to get together and hoist a toast to them both.
Agreed, but Shooty has since fully embraced suburbia so we may need to do the toast a bit closer to a PATH train station.
   37. Howie Menckel Posted: October 05, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5886791)
I drove Shooty home from BBTF softball this year. I would say he has fully embraced ruralia." I think I heard banjos as I escaped his neighborhood, and a pickup truck tailgated me.
   38. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 05, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5886810)
Agreed, but Shooty has since fully embraced suburbia so we may need to do the toast a bit closer to a PATH train station.

I'll go to the West side, if necessary.
   39. Jose Canusee Posted: October 05, 2019 at 10:33 PM (#5886984)
I only remember the name in relation to the Vida Blue deal rather than any actual games played. Noted the BB-Ref doesn't have the info yet but don't know how to send them the official data.
   40. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: October 06, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5887028)
Bob Tufts' last pro team was the 1983 Royals, which included a 21-year-old Danny Jackson, who last played for the 1997 Padres. One of Jackson's teammates was Derrek Lee, last seen with the 2011 Pirates, which featured many players who are still active.

Bob Tufts' first pro team was the 1977 Cedar Rapids Giants, managed by Jack Mull, who broke in with the 1969 Quincy Cubs, piloted by Walt Dixon, who managed for 27 years in the minors. Dixon broke in with the 1940 Canton Terriers, who were led by Pat Patterson; Patterson played for 18 years in the minors, beginning with a single game (as an 18-year-old) with the 1922 Kansas City Blues. The Blues' player/manager was Wilbur Good (who at 36 was far from done; he'd play until he was 45 and manage for another decade), who played for the Yank, er, Highlanders as an 19-year-old in 1905; one of his teammates was the ageless Deacon McGuire, who broke in with the 1884 Toledo Blue Stockings. His teammates included Fleet and Welday Walker, as well as Trick McSorley, whose first pro team was the 1875 St. Louis Red Stockings of the National Association. Also on the '75 Reds was Charlie Sweasy, whose first baseball club was the Irvington, NJ team, way back in 1866.

The road is long.

Ave atque vale.
   41. bobm Posted: October 06, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5887060)
[40] Chain of Teammates From Bob Tufts to Charlie Sweasy, from BR

Bob Tufts played with Joe Morgan for the 1981 San Francisco Giants

Joe Morgan played with Pete Runnels for the 1963 Houston Colt .45s

Pete Runnels played with Bobo Newsom for the 1952 Washington Senators

Bobo Newsom played with Max Carey for the 1929 Brooklyn Robins

Max Carey played with Mike Donlin for the 1912 Pittsburgh Pirates

Mike Donlin played with Jim O'Rourke for the 1904 New York Giants

Jim O'Rourke played with Charlie Sweasy for the 1873 Boston Red Stockings
   42. ajnrules Posted: October 09, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5888265)
Chain of Teammates from Bob Tufts to Elvis Luciano (not from BR since I can't seem to get the Oracle to work.)

Bob Tufts played with Bud Black for the 1983 Royals

Bud Black played with Manny Ramirez for the 1995 Indians

Manny Ramirez played with Clay Buchholz for the 2007 Red Sox

Clay Buchholz played with Elvis Luciano for the 2019 Blue Jays
   43. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5888282)
Bob Tufts played with Doyle Alexander for the 1981 Giants

Doyle Alexander played with Jerry Mumphrey for the 1982 Yankees

Jerry Mumphrey played with Pete Vuckovich for the 1979 Cardinals

Pete Vuckovich was in Major League with Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes was in U.S. Marshals with Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

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