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  • Former Athletics third baseman Bob McNamara passes away

    One of the last players from the 1930s died.

    Before he was a major-league baseball player, Robert Maxey McNamara was a straight-A student and excelled in several sports at Compton High School.

    After his 1935 graduation, he attended the University of California, Berkeley on a baseball scholarship, though he also played freshman football and basketball. He would later say that one of the highlights of his college baseball career was hitting a grand slam against Cal rival Stanford. It was his last at bat in the bottom of the ninth, and Cal was down by three runs when he hit the home run to beat Stanford 12-11.

    Mr. McNamara was signed by legendary manager Connie Mack to play professional baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics. Although an injury ended his pro career, he later played a season with the then-minor league Padres team toward the end of World War II when young, healthy players were scarce.

    Mr. McNamara died of natural causes March 9 in Rancho Bernardo. He was 94.
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...ra-dies-at-95/

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