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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

RIP to our friend, Bob Tufts

In 2009, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He underwent pill-based and liquid chemotherapy and reached a recovery point at which he could undergo and autologous stem cell transplant. As of May 2010, he was in almost complete remission.[citation needed]

Tufts was a patient advocate and founder of My Life Is Worth It. He was an active speaker and frequently tweeted about issues regarding the need to involve patients more in the healthcare process.[citation needed]

Tufts died on October 4, 2019, from an infection brought on by complications from a stem cell transplant on August 23.[9][10] He was 63.

I was surprised to run across his “In Memoriam” on bb-ref and I hadn’t seen any mention on BBTF, so forgive me if I’m doubling up.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 09, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 09, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5888216)
The death was announced in the comments to this thread, and most people paid their respects there.

That said, I don't think there's anything wrong with making another thread for it.
   2. villageidiom Posted: October 09, 2019 at 11:01 AM (#5888227)
I've updated the link at the top to direct to Bob's obituary rather than his Wikipedia page. I chose the verbose Boston Globe obit (Bob was born in the Boston suburb of Medford) rather than the short paragraph from the NY Times.

From either obit:
Family, friends, and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to the Funeral, which will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, NEW YORK, NY (on Amsterdam Avenue), on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Noon.

EDIT: I've added the Wikipedia link here, given that it's the source for the blurb that Met Fan Charlie quoted at the top.
   3. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 09, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5888270)
Thank you.
   4. thetailor (Brian) Posted: October 09, 2019 at 06:58 PM (#5888457)
I am so incredibly sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My condolences to his family, to you all, and to the BBTF community.
   5. Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5888815)
I dunno how I missed this the first time around, but my heart hurts to learn about this now.
   6. bobm Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5888826)
NY Post: How Bob Tufts more than lived up to his ‘Future Star’ billing By Ken Davidoff

“So sad to hear of his passing,” Bob Brenly wrote of Tufts in a text message. “He was without a doubt the smartest teammate I ever played with. … Also, a tremendous competitor. I really thought his career was going to be much longer than it ended up being. He was the very definition of a ‘funky lefty’. I know he went on to accomplish more important things than baseball after he left the game.”


I met Bob in the mid-2000s when I was Newsday’s baseball columnist. I had written something supportive of the union, a subject matter and opinion right in Bob’s wheelhouse, and he sent me a complimentary email. I remember thinking how cool it was that an actual former big-leaguer had taken the time to reach out to me. In short time, as the emails became more frequent and graduated into the occasional Manhattan lunch, I learned that Bob carried himself with zero airs. The only hint of his athletic background was his size; at 6-foot-5, he stood out among a crowd, and as I sat shiva for my father four-plus years ago, more than one friend and family member whispered to me, “Who is that enormous, boisterous man standing by the window?”

“Oh, that’s just Tufts,” I said, laughing.


“It is even more of an honor to share a rookie card with Bob and Chili, given all the great work he did post-baseball,” Brenly wrote of Tufts. “He will be missed.”
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:22 AM (#5888829)

Thanks for posting the information, Charlie and villageidiom. Bob was a class act and will be missed.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:37 AM (#5888840)
“It is even more of an honor to share a rookie card with Bob and Chili, given all the great work he did post-baseball,” Brenly wrote of Tufts. “He will be missed.”

Quoted for its wonderfulness.
   9. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:05 PM (#5888864)
Thanks for that clipping, bobm.
   10. Dock Ellis Posted: October 10, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5888974)
Oh my god how sad. I remember how he pitched both sides of a double header as the all-time pitcher at the BBTF softball game some years ago and I thought it was just fcking remarkable, given his health. I got to hit off a real actual MLB pitcher that day, and I will always have Bob to thank for that. I also remember how fun it was, as a baseball card collector, realizing that he was the third guy on Bob Brenly and Chili Davis's rookie card.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5888987)
The article in 6 is a wonderful tribute, and I encourage everyone to read it.

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