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    Unhappy Re: Recent Deaths in the Sports World

    Emile Griffith, a welterweight boxer who became the first native of the Virgin Islands to win a world championship, died July 23 at age 75.

    Griffith's most famous fight was on March 24, 1962 at Madison Square Garden, when he faced off with Benny "Kid" Paret. Having already beaten each other once, Paret made public comments qustion Griffith's manhood. The subsequent bout found Griffith pounding Paret in the head mercilessly, stopping the fight. Paret was hospitalized, and died from the head injuries 10 days later.

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    Marv Rotblatt, a Chicago native who pitched for the White Sox in 1948 and 1950-51, died July 16 at age 85.

    Rotblatt's best season was in '51, when he went 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA.





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    2 from LLB:

    George "Boomer" Scott, a renowned slugger and 8-time Gold Glove winner, died July 29 at age 69.

    Scott played 3B in his first few years, although the bulk of his hitting and fielding success came as a 1B. With the 1975 Brewers, he clubbed 36 HR and drove in 109 runs.

    Scott had two tours of duty with the Red Sox separated by 5 years with the Brewers. He also briefly played for the Royals and Yankees.

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    Frank Castillo, a pitcher who served in a number of roles for 6 teams over 1990-2005 (2003 excepted) died as a result of an accidental drowning in Arizona this past weekend. He was 44.

    The majority of his time in the Bigs was spent with the Cubs and Red Sox.

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    Drungo Hazewood, a 1980 September call-up OF for the Orioles and overall tough autograph, died July 28 at age 53.

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    Former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo dies


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    Cubs starting pitcher Frank Castillo delivers a pitch against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Castillo pitched a perfect game until the seventh inning, retiring 19 batters in a row, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Giants.

    Former Cubs pitcher and minor league coach Frank Castillo died Sunday in Bartlett Lake near Phoenix, his family announced. He was 44.

    The 13-year major league veteran drowned while swimming in the lake.

    “It was shocking,” said Brian McRae, his former Cubs teammate. “You don’t expect to see your teammates’ name on the bottom scroll of ESPN saying he drowned at 44 years old. Frank was a quiet guy, didn’t say a whole lot. I hung out with him a lot, so I knew him at a different level than some others. He just went about his business and got the most out his ability, spent parts of 13 years in the big leagues and had some success — a good dude and a good teammate.”

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    Bob Savage, a pitcher for the Philadelphia A's in 1942-48 (1943-45 spent in military service) and the St. Louis Browns in 1949, died July 26. He was 91.

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    That time in the military was quite eventful: he was the US' pro athlete with the most combat-related injuries, leading to three Purple Hearts. He may not have been a superstar, but he was someone we should all admire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sox83cubs84 View Post
    Bob Savage, a pitcher for the Philadelphia A's in 1942-48 (1943-45 spent in military service) and the St. Louis Browns in 1949, died July 26. He was 91.

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    RIP Shaun Burr

    Former Detroit Red Wings winger Shawn Burr has died. He was 47.
    Burr died Monday evening at a Detroit-area hospital after falling at his home this weekend.
    The former professional hockey player had been battling cancer. Local 4 has learned Burr hit his head when he fell this weekend, but the exact cause of death is not yet known.



    Read back: Former Red Wing Shawn Burr fights cancer, helps others
    Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Red Wings in 1984. He played 878 games with Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.
    During the course of his career he scored 181 goals and tallied 259 assists. His most notable season with the Red Wings was 1989-90 when he scored 56 points in 76 games.
    The Shawn Burr Foundation is a charity supporting blood cancer research. Anyone interested in donating to the charity can do so online or by mail:
    Shawn Burr Foundation
    P.O. Box 610812
    Port Huron, MI 48061-0812

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    Football HOFer Art Donovan, an NFL DT from 1950-61, predominantly with the Baltimore Colts, died August 4 of a respiratory infection. He was 89.

    Donovan appeared in 5 Pro Bowls, and was a key member of the Colts' NFL Championship teams in 1958 and 1959.

    In addition to the Colts, Donovan spent one year (1951) with the NFL New York Yankees and one (1952) with the NFL Dallas Texans.

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    Babe Martin, a reserve player for 2 AL teams over 6 seasons, died August 1 at age 93.

    His only year as a full-fledged backup was 1945, when he appeared in 54 games, hit .200, and pelted 2 HRs and drove in 16.

    He was with the St. Louis Browns in 1994-46 and 1953, and spent 1948-49 with the Red Sox.

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