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  • Tommy Hanson, Dean Chance and Alex Monchak, former Angels figures, pass away

    I've started too many death threads in the Braves forum recently, so I'm putting Hanson's notice here to start. The 29-year-old pitched for the Angels in 2013, going 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 73 innings.

    Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has died due to catastrophic organ failure, according to multiple reports.

    The news comes as a huge shock to the baseball world. Though Hanson had not pitched in the majors since 2013, he was still an active player. Hanson spent the 2015 season in the San Francisco Giants minor-league system. He was pitching off a mound just a few weeks ago.
    Read more:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-bi...060754847.html

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    Dean Chance pitched for the Angels from 1961 to 1964, winning 47 games. From 1962 to 1964, he had a 2.54 ERA and 138 ERA+. In 1964, he was the Cy Young Award after going 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA. He led the league in wins, ERA, complete games (15), shutouts (11) and more.

    Dean Chance, a right-hander for five major league teams whose Cy Young Award-winning year, 1964, ranks among the great season-long performances in the history of the game, died on Sunday at his home in New Pittsburg, Ohio. He was 74.

    The cause was a heart attack, his son, Brett, said.
    Read more:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/sp...t-74.html?_r=0

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    Alex Monchak scouted for the Angels from 1962 to 1970.

    Alex Monchak peacefully passed away on September 12, 2015 after living a wonderful life.

    Alex lived a long life as he pursued his passion and childhood dream to participate in Major League Baseball. His ultimate goal was to support the growth and development of both himself and the team as they worked together to achieve a Major League Baseball World Series Championship.

    His Major League Baseball career began as the shortstop with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940. Like many players during that time, his career was quickly interrupted when he received the call to serve our country. Alex was deployed to the 11th Armored Division of the United States Army during World War II and fought under General George Patton in the Battle Of The Bulge, the largest battle ever fought at the time. Following his military service during World War II, Alex continued to pursue his childhood dream of a career in baseball. In 1949 to 1961 he managed in the minor leagues with the Odessa Oilers, Lexington Indians, Wellsville Braves, and the Cedar Rapid Braves amongst others and even took on the role of a player/manager in 1956. In 2013 Alex traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he was honored for his accomplishments and inducted into the Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame. From 1962 to 1970 Alex worked with California Angels both as a scout and in their instructional program.
    Read more:

    http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dig...54&mid=6595027

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