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Neill Sheridan, Jack Spring and John Winkin, former Red Sox figures, pass away

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  • Neill Sheridan, Jack Spring and John Winkin, former Red Sox figures, pass away

    Neill Sheridan played two games for the Red Sox in 1948, striking out in his only at-bat. He died at 93 years old.

    Neill Sheridan, an outfielder in the old Pacific Coast League who supposedly hit the farthest home run in history, died Thursday in Antioch. He was 93.

    Mr. Sheridan died peacefully while surrounded by family members a month after suffering from pneumonia, said his granddaughter Tami Hopkins.

    In his 12-year pro career in the ‘40s and ‘50s, Mr. Sheridan played mostly in the PCL, including several stints with the San Francisco Seals and one with the Oakland Oaks - and played two games for the 1948 Boston Red Sox, striking out in his only major-league at-bat.
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    Jack Spring pitched a single game for the Red Sox in 1957, striking out two batters in an inning of work.

    Jack Russell Spring, a left hander who pitched in the same bullpen as Satchel Paige and against Mickey Mantle before returning home and coaching West Valley to the Spokane area’s only state high school baseball championship in 1978, died on Sunday. He was 82.

    Last summer, after advanced Parkinson’s disease had confined him to a wheelchair, Spring attended a ceremony for the naming of “Jack Spring Stadium” at West Valley High School where he spent 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.
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    John Winkin scouted for the Red Sox. He died in July 2014, but his death was not reported here.

    John Winkin, the man who defined baseball in Maine for generations, died Saturday. He was 94 and had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in December 2007.

    His death was confirmed by the University of Maine, where he coached from 1975-96, taking the Black Bears to six College World Series.
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