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    Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally and Yankees RHP from 1962-68, died on 7/10 at age 80.

    Bouton's two best seasons were with the Yankees in 1963 (21-7, 2.53) and 1964 (18-13, 3.02).

    He was also an original Seattle Pilot, splitting 1969 with the Pilots and Astros, and remaining with Houston in 1970. After being retired from 1971-77, he made a brief comeback with Atlanta in 1978, going 1-3.

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    Walt Michaels, an 11-year LB in the NFL who was part of 5 Pro Bowl squads and 2 NFL Championship teams (Browns, both pre-Super Bowl), died on 7/10 at age 89.

    After he retired from playing, Michaels served as first the defensive coach, and then the head coach for the New York Jets. He planned the defensive strategy that helped the Jets upset the Colts 16-7 in SB 3.

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    THREE-IN-ONE MLB NOTICES:

    Paul Schramka, an OF/PR who appeared in 2 games in April of 1953 for the Cubs, died on 7/8 at age 91.

    Even with just 2 games in his MLB career, Paul is an immortal in baseball trivia, as he was the last Cub to wear #14 before Ernie Banks wore it in late 1953 and throughout his HOF career.


    Glenn Mickens, a RHP for Brooklyn who also had a less-than 30-day stint in The Show in 1953, died on 7/9 at age 88.

    Mickens was with the big club in July, appearing on the mound in 4 games starting with 7/19/53 (vs. Cincinnati) and ending on 7/30/53 (his only career decision, a loss to the Cubs).

    Joe Grzenda, a LHP who came out of the bullpen for 6 different MLB ballclubs between 1961-72, died on 7/12 at age 82.

    Although his MLB career began and ended in the years cited earlier, did not pitch in the Majors for 4 of those season (1962-63, 1965, 1968). He had two quality seasons out of all of them; in 1969 going 4-1, with a 3.88 ERA and 3 saves for the AL West Champion Twins, and in 1971, where, on the last-ever Washington Senators ballclub, he responded by going 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 5 saves.

    Dave Miedema

 

 

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