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Deaths Of Notable Sports Figures (R.I.P.)

Discussion in 'Other OSU and Professional Sports' started by ScriptOhio, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    NBA legend Moses Malone dies at age 60


    Former NBA great Moses Malone has died in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. He was 60.

    According to the Associated Press, Malone's body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.

    "We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Known to his legions of fans as the 'Chairman of the Boards,' Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court.

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  2. bigdog3300

    bigdog3300 The G.O.A.T.

    One of the greatest nicknames ever and truly a legend....nobody, and I mean literally nobody, dominated the offensive glass like he did. The king of the putback.
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Baseball great Yogi Berra dies at 90


    Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died. He was 90.

    Berra died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.

    When former Yankees general manager Larry MacPhail first saw Yogi Berra, he said the squat, goofy-looking catcher reminded him of "the bottom man on an unemployed acrobatic team."

    At 5'8" with a paunchy body and mischievous smirk, Berra seemed an unlikely baseball hero. But the oft-quoted New York Yankees legend, who won three American League MVP awards and 10 World Series titles, is remembered as a clutch hitter and one of the greatest catchers of all time. He died Tuesday at the age of 90. No cause of death was immediately given.

    Berra's death was confirmed in a Tweet from the Yogi Berry Museum, the New Jersey-based nonprofit that bears his name.

    The beloved Hall of Famer -- who memorably uttered "When you come to a fork in the road, take it," among other malapropisms and contradictory phrases -- was an essential part of the Yankees dynasty that dominated Major League Baseball from the late 1940s to the early 1960s and included other greats like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

    Partly due to the Yankees' success during that era, Berra, who was also a 15-time All-Star, established several Fall Classic records, including most games played, most at-bats and most hits. In 1957, he became the first World Series pinch-hitter to hit a home run.

    Proving, as he said, "It ain't over 'til it's over," Berra maintained a presence in the major leagues as a coach and manager -- he is one of only six managers to lead an American League and National League team to the World Series -- and became a symbol of New York baseball, past and present.

    He was born Lawrence "Larry" Berra to Italian immigrant parents in St. Louis, Mo., on May 12, 1925 and acquired the nickname "Yogi" when a childhood friend observed that he resembled a Hindu yogi in a movie they saw.

    Berra only attended school until eighth grade, after which he worked to help support his family and played American Legion ball. Though he signed with the Yankees in 1943, Berra first served in the Navy during World War II and fought during the D-Day invasion of Normandy before putting on the pinstripes in the fall of 1946.

    As a hitter, Berra would prove to have excellent coverage of the strike zone and incredible control of the bat. In five of his 19 seasons, he had more home runs than strikeouts and in 1950, he struck out just 12 times in 597 at-bats. He once explained, "If I can see it, I can hit it."

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  4. TooTallMenardo

    TooTallMenardo “Big-time players step up in big-time games.” '17 Bowl Pick Em Champ

    Never have liked the Yankees, but I always respected Yogi Berra. RIP to a true American legend.
  5. Saw31

    Saw31 High Seas Rogue

    You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours.

    RIP Yogi.
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  6. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    A lover of the great game of baseball tips his cap

    RIP Yogi
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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Goodby Yogi....RIP
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    This guy died 16 Nov 1995. The point being: I didn't know he was credited with the the first "high five":

    Happy birthday, Glenn Burke: Gay icon popularized the high five


    Glenn Burke, the first major leaguer to disclose publicly that he was homosexual, would have been 63 years old Monday. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1995. Burke's playing career as a major leaguer lasted parts of four seasons, and was said to be one of unfulfilled potential. But there was more to his career than being closeted, or having a .270 on-base percentage.

    In addition to a leaving legacy of self-respect and activism, Burke contributed an enduring and endearing act to the world of sports: Along with teammate Dusty Baker, he helped to popularize the high five.

    It happened during the final game of the 1977 regular season when Burke, a rookie playing for the Dodgers, went onto the field to congratulate Dusty Baker on hitting his 30th home run of the season. Baker, along with Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith became the first quartet in major league history to hit 30 home runs apiece.

    Rather than offering a hug or a typical handshake, Burke raised his arm to Baker and left it there with an open hand. What happened next helped to transform sports culture forever.

    "People ask me if I invented the high five," Baker said. "No, I didn't invent the high five. All I did was respond to Glenn."

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    Anyway it is interesting trivia.
  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    and we're sure that's what he was referring to when he said he gave someone a "high five"?
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Ex-Houston coach Guy Lewis, a Hall of Famer, dies Thursday at 93


    Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Guy Lewis -- best known for leading Houston's iconic Phi Slama Jama teams in the 1980s -- died Thursday, according to an announcement from Hunter Yurachek, vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Houston.

    Lewis coached Houston from 1956-86. A Texas native, Lewis reached the Final Four five times and retired with a career record of 592-279. He was twice named AP Coach of the Year. His biggest win, arguably, might have come in 1968 when his Cougars upset top-ranked and undefeated UCLA in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Astrodome. That was the first nationally televised college basketball game.

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    I remember watching that game on TV in 1968. Houston was lead by the "Big E", Elvin Hayes. UCLA had Lew Alcindor, Lucius Allen, Mike Warren, Lynn Shackelford, etc. UCLA went on to win the National Championship that year and beat Houston in one semi-final game. Also, in the other semi-final game it was Ohio State vs North Carolina which North Carolina won. However, Ohio State did beat Houston in the NCAA consultation game that year for 3rd place.

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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon, 83, dies


    Meadowlark Lemon, the "Clown Prince of Basketball" who entertained fans as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for 24 years, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team announced. He was 83.

    Lemon, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, joined the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22 and stayed with the traveling show until 1978, appearing in more than 16,000 games in more than 100 countries.

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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Dave Henderson dies at age 57

    Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, who hit one of the most famous home runs in postseason history, died Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 57.

    In 1986, Henderson hit a ninth-inning, two-out, two-strike homer that lifted the Red Sox to a Game 5 victory over the Angels in the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox won Games 6 and 7 to advance to the World Series.

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    Bobby Dews, 37-year member of Braves, dies

    Former Atlanta Braves coach Bobby Dews, who spent more than 37 years with the organization before retiring in 2012, died Saturday at age 76.

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  13. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    What a life this man lived. A true gentleman who did a lot to make the world a better place.
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  14. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Ironic thing with Meadowlark Lemon's death is that during this years MLB playoffs Harold Reynolds said Lemon was dead then.

    He had no insight, he's just a complete imbecilic twit but how freaking ironic.
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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Former Negro league star, Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin dies at 96


    Monte Irvin, the oldest living former Negro leagues baseball player and a member of the Hall of Fame, died Monday night in Houston at the age of 96.

    Irvin played nine seasons with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League before spending six seasons with the New York Giants and a final season in 1956 with the Cubs. While with the Eagles, he was a teammate of Larry Doby, the first player to break the color barrier in the American League. Irvin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.

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