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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.

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    Two more passings of 1960's MLBers:

    Ernie Broglio, remembered best for the Lou Brock swap in mid-1964, died on 7/16 at age 83.

    While the trade ended up being among the worst in Cubs history, at the time it was viewed quite differently. Brock had put up decent, but average hitting and stolen base numbers in his 2 1/2 season with the Cubs, while Broglio won 21 games for the Cardinals in 1960 and in the season prior to the trade went 18-8 with a 2.99 ERA.

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    Pumpsie Green, an MLB OF from 1959-63, died on 7/17 at age 85.

    Green was a member of the Bosox in his first 4 seasons, while appearing with the Mets in '63.

    Green was the first black player to join Boston when he came up to the Bigs. That act also made the Red Sox the final MLB team to place an African-American player on their MLB roster.

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    Mitch Petrus, an NFL OL for 3 years, died on 7/18 at age 32. The announced cause was heat stroke.

    Petrus spent most of his career with the New York Giants, and was part of the 2010 Super Bowl Champs. He spent small portions of his final season with the Patriots and Titans.

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    Don Mossi, a great relief pitcher who was also known for something apart from baseball, died 7/19 at age 90.

    As a rookie, Mossi was a solid bullpen guy who helped send Cleveland to the World Series. Pitching from 1954-1965, he spent 5 seasons with the Tribe, and 5 more seasons with the Tigers. He threw well for the White Sox in '64, and ended his career with the Kansas City A's in 1965.

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    Mike Roarke, a back-up catcher who became a coach for several MLB teams after his retirement, died on 7/27 at age 88.

    Roarke's playing career was 4 seasons long, all of them with the Tigers (1961-64).

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    Ernie Bowman, a utility IF who played for the Giants from 1961-63, died on 8/4 at age 84.

    Bowman was part of the NL pennant-winning Giants, appearing in 2 games in the World Series and scoring a run.

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    Cedric Benson, a star RB at Texas who went on to an 8=season NFL career, died on 8/17 at age 36, the result of a motorcycle accident.

    Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in all 4 of his seasons with the Longhorns. He was drafted in 2005 by the Bears and played there from 2005-07, including on the 2006 Bears squad that made it to (and lost) Super Bowl 41. He was a part of the Bengals' rushing corps from 2008-11, hitting the 1,000 yard mark in the final 3 of those 4 seasons. He finished his active career in 2012 with 5 games for the Packers.

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    Bill Mills, a catcher who appeared in 5 games for the Philadelphia A's in 1944, died on 8/9 at age 99.

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