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Bobby Dews, Tommy Hanson and Tom Kelley, former Braves figures, pass away

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  • Bobby Dews, Tommy Hanson and Tom Kelley, former Braves figures, pass away

    Bobby Dews, who worked as the team's bullpen coach for a spell and spent decades with the organization, died December 26.

    Longtime Atlanta Braves coach Bobby Dews — a colorful baseball lifer, former Georgia Tech star and published author — died Saturday, the organization confirmed.

    He was 76 years old.

    Dews retired in 2012 after spending 53 years in baseball, including the final 37 with the Braves. He filled a variety of roles with the organization, including senior adviser, bullpen coach and minor league manager.
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    Most know that Tommy Hanson died. He went 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in four years with Atlanta. He was only 29 when he died on November 9.

    Former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson died due to a cocaine overdose, according to WXIA-TV Atlanta. Coroner Richard Hawk ruled that Hanson's official cause of death was from "delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity." Hanson's death was accidental and caused by "illicit drug use."

    Hanson's death shocked the baseball world. Reports surfaced November 9 that Hanson had slipped into a coma due to "catastrophic organ failure." Just a few hours later, Hanson was pronounced dead. He was 29.
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    Tom Kelley pitched for the Braves from 1971 to 1973. In 1971, he went 9-5 with a 2.96 ERA in 143 innings for the club. Overall, he was 14-13 with a 3.64 mark in a Braves uniform. He died September 25.

    Tom Kelley, a Manchester native who pitched in Major League Baseball for parts of seven seasons, passed away Sept. 25 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 71.

    Born in Manchester in 1944, Kelley was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1963. The 6-foot, 185 lb. righthander posted a 9-9 record with Charleston of the Double-A Eastern League the following year, earning a late-season callup to the majors, where he made six relief appearances.
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