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RIP Jose Martinez, baseball lifer and helluva guy

October 2, 2014 // 5 Comments

I met Jose Martinez while on a freelance assignment at the Braves Dominican Academy in San Francisco de Marcoris. We rendezvoused at the airport in Santo Domingo, with our first stop coming a few miles down the road at a convenience “shack” to get a Presidente beer, the Budweiser of the [...]

RIP Gerbil

June 4, 2014 // 3 Comments

Don Zimmer, who spent 65 years in professional baseball, never had a job outside of the game. If that’s not living a dream I don’t know what is. Here’s one of Zim’s more animated moments, as third base coach for the Little Bears, arguing a home run call (just past 2 min. [...]

R.I.P. Rick Camp

April 25, 2013 // 6 Comments

Dead of natural causes. Here’s a story I wrote for the local organ remembering Rick Camp’s most iconic moment as a Brave: “I thought it was the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse,” she said — a sight no less likely than a Rick Camp home run. No one was much surprised [...]

RIP Earl Williams

January 31, 2013 // 10 Comments

Earl Williams, who at 22 was named 1971 NL Rookie of the  Year, died today after a bout with acute leukemia. He was 64. Williams was one of five Atlanta Braves — along with Kimbrel, Fukey, Justice and Horner — to win ROY. Although Justice and Horner had better overall seasons, and [...]

RIP Earl Weaver

January 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Funny, profane, brilliant and beloved, Weaver died early Saturday while on a Orioles fantasy cruise. I’ll bet he signed off with one final [...]

R.I.P. Pascual Perez

November 1, 2012 // 7 Comments

Pascual was apparently killed for his pension check in his native Dominican Republic. I’m working on an appreciation for the local organ and will link when [...]

R.I.P. Dan Roundfield

August 7, 2012 // 5 Comments

Dan Roundfield, arguably the best pure power forward in Atlanta Hawks history, drowned Monday off the coast of Aruba. He made three All-Star teams as a Hawk and was a regular on the NBA’s All-Defensive squad. Roundfield averaged 10 rebounds or better in each of his seasons in Atlanta and was [...]

Munson the Brave

November 21, 2011 // 1 Comment

Before he became a Bulldog, Larry Munson was, briefly, a voice of the Braves. If only he had stayed and Milo Hamilton left. Wouldn’t you have loved to hear Larry call Hank’s 715th? Munson, who said baseball was his favorite sport, reminded me of Jack Buck, and I love Jack Buck. I can [...]

RIP Chuck Tanner

February 11, 2011 // 7 Comments

The former Atlanta manager died Friday at his home in Pennsylvania. Braves fans may not remember him fondly but by all accounts he was a decent guy and, in the right situation, a competent [...]

A phenom’s plight

January 30, 2011 // 4 Comments

Old school Braves fans probably remember Hank Small, an Atlanta native and University of South Carolina legend once primed for stardom. The big first baseman hit 25 homers, drove in 101 runs and hit .289 for the Richmond Braves in 1978. With Murph alternating between first and catcher, showing [...]

RIP Lou Brown

July 17, 2010 // 4 Comments

James Gammon, the fine character actor who played manager Lou Brown in “Major League,” succumbed to cancer Friday at age [...]

Harwell got his start in Atlanta

May 5, 2010 // 2 Comments

“I went to a July 4 doubleheader in 1926, the Atlanta Crackers against the New Orleans Pelicans,” he said in the Detroit News article. “I later became the batboy for the visiting teams. But my first broadcasting experience of any kind came when I was in a puppet show in junior [...]

RIP Ernie Harwell

May 5, 2010 // 5 Comments

Later today I’ll link a story I’m working on for the mother ship about the legendary Atlanta Crackers broadcaster, who passed away [...]

Baseball loses an icon

April 13, 2009 // 11 Comments

What a week. First Nick Adenhart, then Harry Kalas and now Mark “the Bird” Fidrych has died. Fidrych, one of baseball’s all-time characters, was killed in an apparent farming accident. He was just 54. I was too young to appreciate his phenomenal 1976 campaign, but I have enjoyed [...]
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