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  1. #1021
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    Al Jackson, one of the original 1962 Mets and a team employee in varied capacities for roughly 50 years, died on 8/19. He was 83.

    Jackson had two pitching stints with the Mets; 1962-65 and 1968 and 9 games in 1969 before going to the Reds in his final pitching season. He had two September call-ups with Pittsburgh (1959 and 1961) and threw for the Cardinals in 1966-67, going 9-4 as a part of the 1967 World Series winners.

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    Dave Parks, a WR/TE/SE from 1964-73, died on 8/8 at age 77.

    Parks was a first round draft pick for the 49ers in 1964, catching passes for them for 4 seasons. His best season was with the Niners in 1965, where he caught 80 passes for 1,344 and 12 TDs, and being named a First Team All-Pro. He was named to the Pro Bowl roster in his first 3 seasons.

    Starting in 1968, he spent 5 seasons as a TE with the Saints, before finishing his career with 5 games played for the Oilers in 1973.

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    Clint Conatser, a reserve outfielder for the Boston Braves in the late 1940s, died on 8/23 at age 98.

    Conatser was a member of the 1948 NL Champion Braves, and also played for them in 1949.

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    Jim Langer, a HOF center who was part of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team, died 8/29 at age 71, due to a heart-related health issue.

    Langer signed with the Browns as a rookie but was cut, after which he signed with Miami and starred with them from 1970-79. He finished his career in 1981, playing for the Vikings in his final 2 seasons.

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    Tom Jordan, a reserve catcher who played briefly during the WW2 era, died 8/26, just 10 days prior to his 100th birthday.

    Jordan spent time with the White Sox in both 1944 and 1946, and played for Cleveland as well in '46.

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    Unhappy Hal Naragon dead at age 90.

    Naragon, a career backup catcher in the AL, passed away on 8/31.

    Naragon began his time in the Majors as a late-season call-up, playing in 3 games for the 1951 Indians.

    After military service, he returned to the Tribe, playing with them from 1954 to early in the 1959 season, when he was dealt to the Senators. He stayed with them until 1962, playing both in DC and with the Twins after the original Senators moved to the Twin Cities.

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    Chris Duncan, who played for the Cardinals for parts of 5 seasons (2005-09), primarily as a flychaser, died on 9/6 at age 38.

    Duncan was a member of the Cardinals World Series team in 2006, appearing in the NLDS, NLCS and the WS. He hit a circuit clout (solo) in the NLCS, and drove in a run in the Series.

    Former AL catcher and longtime St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan is his father, and Shelley Duncan is his brother.

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    Tom Phoebus, a RHP who was part of 2 Orioles World Series teams in 1969-70, died 9/5 at age 77.

    Phoebus was a September call-up in 1966, starting 3 games. From 1967-69, he was a solid member of the Baltimore rotation, winning 15 games in 1968 and notching 14 victories in both 1967 and 1969.

    He was dealt to the Padres in the Pat Dobson trade, and pitched for them in 1971 and for part of '72 before finishing his career with the Cubs.

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    Two from MLB:

    Jose Moreno, a utility player who was rostered on 3 different teams in 3 years, died on 9/6 at age 61.

    His career started with the Mets in 1980, continued with the Padres in 1981, and ended with the Angels in 1982.

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    Charlie Silvera, a longtime back-up catcher for the Yankees in the days of Yogi Berra, and later an MLB coach, died on 9/7 at age 94.

    Silvera was called up by the Yankees in 1948 when the rosters were expanded, and continued playing in the Bronx through 1956. His final season in The Show (1957) found him as a member of the Cubs.

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    Wally Westlake, an OF who played for 10 years in the Majors with several different teams, died on 9/6 at age 98.

    Westlake began his MLB career in 1947 with the Pirates and beginning in the middle of the 1951 season, also wore the uniforms of the Cardinals, Reds, Indians, Orioles and Phillies. He went 1-for-8 (single) in the 1954 World Series for Cleveland.

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