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  • Charlie Lea died today of a massive MI...too young.

    I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
    - Walt Whitman


    • Charlie Lea

      Former major league pitcher Charlie Lea, a star at Kingsbury High and then-Memphis State University before embarking on a successful pro career, was found dead in his Collierville home Friday. He was 54.

      Collierville police chief Larry Goodwin said Lea died of a suspected heart attack.

      Known for his gentle manner and unwavering passion for the sport, Lea had the distinction of being a baseball standout in his hometown at the high school, college and professional level.
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      • Nick Strincevich

        NICK STRINCEVICH VALPARAISO, IN Nick Strincevich, age 96, of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at Life Care Center. He was born March 1, 1915 in Gary to Luis and Karolina (Chlapcic) Strycovic.

        On November 14, 1936 in Valparaiso he married Mary Ciesielski, who preceded him in death in 1999.

        Survivors include two children: Carol (Les) Perino of Valparaiso and Nick M. (Lourine) Strincevich of Marion, IN; three granddaughters: Lori (Jack) Manushaw, Cheryl (Alan) Passe, and Lisa (Patrick) Frey; four great granddaughters: Amber, Ashley, Samantha, and Jenna; and two great grandsons: Alan Jr. and Nicholas.

        In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brother, Joe; infant brother, Michael; two sisters: Ann Bauer and Daisy Mance.

        Nick began a pitching career in major league baseball in 1940 after being recruited to the New York Yankees from Gary's "Twilight League." Following a stint in the Yankee farm system, he was drafted by the Boston Bees and was managed by Casey Stengel.

        In 1941 Nick was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was selected to represent the National League in the 1945 All-Star game, but due to war-time travel restrictions the game was cancelled.

        After retiring from the Philadelphia Phillies in 1948, Nick went to work at the Budd Plant in Gary, retiring in 1980 as Safety Supervisor.
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        • Eilaine Roth (AAGPBL)

          Eilaine May Roth, 82, of Springfield, MI, died November 1, 2011 at home. She was born January 17, 1929, the daughter of Herman and Elsie (Kumnatzke) Roth in Michigan City, IN.

          Eilaine graduated from Elston Senior High School, Michigan City, IN and worked for Upjohn in Kalamazoo for more than 20 years.
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          Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-09-2012, 09:39 PM.


          • Greg Halman

            ROTTERDAM — Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in Rotterdam on Monday and his brother has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.

            Halman, 24, was signed as a free agent by Seattle in 2004 and made his major league debut in 2010.

            Police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers were unable to resuscitate the outfielder.
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            • Sonny Dixon

              Mr. Dixon, 87, lifelong resident of the Steele Creek Community of Charlotte, NC, passed away, Saturday morning, November 19, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center - Main.

              Sonny, as he was affectionately known, was born November 5, 1924 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the only child of the late John Craig Dixon, Sr. and Eva Wilson. He played in baseball from 1941 to 1960 except for three years while he was serving in the United States Navy during World War II.

              Sonny played in the major leagues for 3 1/2 years with the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees. He held The American League record for appearing in 54 games in 1954, was inducted into the American Legion Hall of fame in 1989, and was the 'Old Timer' of the year in Ringgold, GA at the Catoosa County Special Olympics.

              After his retirement from baseball in 1960 he worked over 35 years at a convience store in the Steele Creek Community. He was a longtime member of Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.
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              Last edited by Cowtipper; 11-21-2011, 06:33 AM.


              • Larry Munson (announcer)

                ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Larry Munson, whose growling delivery as the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs for nearly 43 years made him as celebrated as the players and coaches he covered, died Sunday night. He was 89.

                A university statement said Munson died at his Athens home of complications from pneumonia, according to his son, Michael.

                Munson's broadcasting career covered more than 60 years and included a stint with the Atlanta Braves when they moved from Milwaukee in 1966. But he'll always be remembered as the radio play-by-play announcer at Georgia, endearing himself to generations of fans with his quirky calls and unabashed partisanship for the Bulldogs.
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                • Joe Lonnett

                  Joseph P. Lonnett, 84, of Brighton Twp., died Monday evening, December 5, 2011, with his devoted wife and family at his side.

                  Born February 7, 1927, in Beaver Falls, he was the youngest child of Frank and Rose Barberio Lonnett. He was a resident of Brighton Twp. for the past 45 years and a member of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Beaver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WW II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Joe was a professional baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies and later became a Major League Baseball coach with several teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was third base coach for the Pirates during the 1979 World Championship season.
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                  • Mabel Holle (AAGPBL)

                    Holle, Mabel B. A member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and longtime woman's sports advocate, died December 11, 2011, at her home in Lake Forest, IL after a long illness.

                    Born in Jacksonville, IL on March 21, 1920, she loved to play sports as a child and spent most of her time outdoors. In 1943, she became a member of the original South Bend Blue Sox of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).

                    She played third base and outfield and the highlight of her career was when her mother and two younger sisters attended a game when she had the game winning hit. She had a very strong arm and was known for throwing out runners at home plate from the outfield.

                    She also played with the Kenosha Comets for a short period of time. On November 5, 1988, Mabel was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY as a member of the All American Girls League.
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                    Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-09-2012, 09:40 PM.


                    • Bud Bloomfield

                      Clyde Stalcup "Bud" Bloomfield, 75, of Huntsville, Arkansas, died December 21, 2011 at Countryside Retirement Center in Huntsville, Arkansas. He was born January 5, 1936 at Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Clyde Orsamus and Jeanne Stalcup Bloomfield. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and a United States Army veteran. He was a minor and major league baseball player having played for the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins. He was the former owner of the Tail of the Trout Restuarant in Rogers and a member of the Major League Baseball Alumni Association.
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                      • Paul Martin

                        It was, as Major League Baseball careers go, brief -- only seven games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.

                        But that short-lived tenure was a major part of the mystique surrounding Paul Charles "Jake" Martin Jr., a promising pitcher from Fayette City who died Oct. 11 at age 79 in San Diego, where he had lived for nearly 50 years.

                        "Jake had the tools for the big leagues, no question about it," said Jack Young, a native of Fayette City now living in Shepherdstown, W.Va.. "My brother Bob and I have a lot of great memories about watching him play."
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                        • Rosman Garcia


                          Tigres de Aragua pitcher Rosmán Garcia, died at dawn on Thursday in a
                          traffic accident in the center of the regional highway about 24
                          kilometers through Valencia, said the team's media manager, Manuel

                          Garcia, a native of Maracay, 32, was driving in a car when the fatal
                          accident occured on his way to Ottawa after playing last night against
                          the Lions in Caracas. It is unknown if there was another passenger.

                          In 16 appearances with the Cats this season, he had a mark of 1-0 with
                          a 3.55 ERA in 38 innings.

                          The right-hander debuted in the majors in 2003 with the Texas Rangers
                          organization with which he played until 2004, leaving after a
                          1-2 record in 50 games.



                          • Jim McDonald

                            There is no obituary available for Jim McDonald, as he died way back in 2004 - though his death was reported just recently.

                            McDonald spent nine years in the big leagues, going 24-27 with a 4.27 ERA. He began his career in 1950 with the Red Sox, appearing in a handful of games with the club before being traded to the Browns as the player to be named later in a deal that netted the Red Sox catcher Les Moss. After going 4-7 for St. Louis, McDonald was traded to the Yankees in November 1951 (for Clint Courtney), finding his stride.

                            Over the next three seasons, McDonald went 16-12 with a 3.57 ERA, allowing just 253 hits in 270 innings. He posted an .800 winning percentage and a 3.17 ERA for the club in 1954. In November of that year, he was involved in a giant deal that included, among others: Gus Triandos, Gene Woodling, Don Larsen and Bob Turley. He pitched one year for his new club, the Orioles.

                            From 1956 to 1958, he wrapped up his career by pitching sparingly for the Chicago White Sox.

                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 09-04-2012, 10:04 AM.


                            • Don Mueller

                              St. Louisan Don Mueller, who led the majors in hits in 1954 and roamed the outfield with Willie Mays of the New York Giants, died on Wednesday. He was 84.

                              Mueller, a native St. Louisan who played at CBC, was signed by the Giants in 1944 and made his big-league debut four years later.

                              At age 23, he became a starter for the Giants in right field and hit .291 in his first full season.
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                              • John Banks (Negro Leaguer)

                                Barbara Ann Timmons was nearly an adult before she realized the legacy of her father, Negro League Baseball pitcher John T. Banks Sr.

                                As a kid, she knew him only as the snappily dressed single father who raised her and two brothers, Ronald and John Jr., on Haddon Avenue in Camden. He enlisted relatives to keep an eye on his offspring while he worked; laid out his sons’ school clothes so Barbara, the oldest, could get them off to school; left alternating menus for breakfast; and cooked dinner every night.

                                Banks’ creamed corn — with kernels cut from the cob and lots of cream and butter — was to die for, says his daughter, who cared for her father until his death Dec. 14. He was 89.
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