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Steve Palermo died Sunday, from complications of lung cancer.

He was 67.

Palermo was a highly respected umpire for 15 seasons.  After working a game between the Angels and Rangers in 1991, Palermo was having dinner with some friends at a restaurant in Dallas.  Outside, in the parking lot, two of the restaurant's waitresses had been attacked.

Palermo and his friends raced to their aid.  Four of the attackers drove away, and Palermo's group chased the other robber.  They finally caught him and were waiting for police to show up, when the other robbers returned.  One of them started shooting into the crowd.  Palermo was hit by one of the shots.

He was paralyzed, and told at the time he would never walk again.  Though he eventually regained the use of his legs, his career as a Major League umpire was over.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/sports/baseball/steve-palermo-umpire-major-league-baseball-dies-age-67.html



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Seahawks' legend and NFL HOFer Cortez Kennedy has died at 48.cry



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Seahawks' legend and NFL HOFer Cortez Kennedy has died at 48.cry


I saw that.

I was going to post something later in the day.  I've been out working in my yard.

Tez was loved immensely by fans, teammates, and opposing players.  Twitter is full of tributes.

From everything I ever read, Tez was a truly rare player and person.  Never a negative word written about him that I have ever seen.  A Hall of Famer and a member of the Seahawks' Ring of Honor.

A sad day for Seattle...

http://sports.mynorthwest.com/283935/ex-teammates-react-to-cortez-kennedys-death/



-- Edited by seajaw on Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 04:08:33 PM

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We lost a Hall of Famer who went on to become a United States Senator.

Jim Bunning passed at the age of 85

www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19478314/hall-fame-pitcher-jim-bunning-dies-age-85

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seajaw wrote:

We lost a Hall of Famer who went on to become a United States Senator.

Jim Bunning passed at the age of 85

www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19478314/hall-fame-pitcher-jim-bunning-dies-age-85


 I used to work with his son

RIP Jim



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Jimmy Piersall has died at 87

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-jimmy-piersall-obituary-white-sox-20170604-story.html

My dad remembered him as quite a character on the field back in the day.

Here is his SABR bio

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/91fce86d



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Former pitcher and long-time coach Herm Starrette died June 2nd.

What an odd career, just judging by the hard numbers.

He pitched in 27 Major league games with the Orioles, between 1963-'65.  In 46 innings, he allowed 43 hits and 16 walks, and posted a 2.54 ERA.

That got him sent back down, never to return? confuse

There is scant biographical info on his bullpen wiki page, just that he became a coach in 1967.  Injury?



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Former pitcher and long-time coach Herm Starrette died June 2nd.

What an odd career, just judging by the hard numbers.

He pitched in 27 Major league games with the Orioles, between 1963-'65.  In 46 innings, he allowed 43 hits and 16 walks, and posted a 2.54 ERA.

That got him sent back down, never to return? confuse

There is scant biographical info on his bullpen wiki page, just that he became a coach in 1967.  Injury?


 Starrette pitched for a few years here in Rochester........I will try to dig a little to see what went on.

I do know his last year in Rochester (1966) he only pitched 21 innings and got shellacked........36 hits allowed in 14 appearances, 8.57 ERA.

He became a coach the next year, so the injury thought is probably a good one..........

First blurb is from wikipedia, his obit follows..........SIDENOTE: Starrette never pitched in a game that went 17 or 18 innings.  I have no clue as to where that comment came from.  Billy DeMars only played in the majors from 1948-1951 and never hit a homer in the bigs.

 

His coaching career began with the Orioles' Triple-A farm club, the Rochester Red Wings, in 1967, and the following season he succeeded George Bamberger as Baltimore's roving minor league pitching instructor. The Orioles' system of the time was celebrated for developing young pitching, and after six seasons in that job, Starrette became a Major League pitching coach for the 1974Atlanta Braves. He would spend the next 28 years as a pitching coach, bullpen coach, minor league instructor, coordinator of instruction, and farm system director with the Braves, Orioles, San Francisco GiantsPhiladelphia PhilliesMilwaukee BrewersChicago CubsMontreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. He was the pitching coach of the 1980 world champion Phillies.

Starrette was a trusted associate of Dan Duquette, working with him in Milwaukee, Montreal and Boston as a farm system official and minor and Major League coach. After Duquette's ouster as general manager in Boston in February 2002, Starrette retired.

 

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Herman Paul Starrette, 80, of Statesville NC, passed away at Gordon Hospice house Friday June 2, 2017. He was born November 20, 1936 to the late Anna Mae Kennedy and James Robert Starrette. 

Herm was born, raised and resided in Cool Spring. Herm was a loving family man who loved the game of baseball. Growing up the youngest of nine siblings he learned the benefits of hard work, farming and the love of sports.  His older brothers loved the game of baseball and their influence drove him to want to be like them. He would throw rocks at a tree and pretend he was pitching in Yankee Stadium. That dream eventually came true for Herm.

He graduated from Cool Spring High School. During that time, he learned the game of baseball from Paul Brendle, whom he always said was one of the best coaches he ever had. His battery mate and lifelong friend at Cool Spring High School was Jerry Fox, who helped Herm continue his baseball career and get into Lenoir Rhyne after High School. He always credits Jerry for keeping in Baseball and allowing him to later sign with the Baltimore Orioles.  He would talk about walking out of an English exam at LR and telling the professor he was going to play baseball with the Orioles because he thought he would be better at that than the exam.

During his 42 year Professional Baseball career he coached and played with many Hall of Fame players.  He credits Earl Weaver, and George Bamberger with teaching him the game that became his life. 

Some of his greatest accomplishments included wining a 17 inning game with Baltimore against Gaylord Perry which they both pitched all 17 innings that was suspended with a 1-1 tie. The game was continued and Billy DeMars hit a home run to win the game in the 18th.  Herm’s first Major League pitching coach job was with the Atlanta Braves.  He was part of the celebration with Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record with his 715th home run . Herm was actually named after George Herman “Babe” Ruth.  He was the Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach for the 1980 World Series Championship. 

He was still giving pitching and coaching advice during his last days in the hospital to his beloved friends Dan Duquette and Kent Qualls with the Baltimore Orioles.

He enjoyed going to solve the world’s problems with his breakfast friends lead by the notorious Ted Evans, at Sunshine Restaurant and First RX.  He loved sitting on his back patio with his wife Betty, visiting with his friends and neighbors that would stop by to visit, listening and watching the birds and squirrels. Thanks to Tim Daley, David and Kaye Padgett (Brutice).

Those left to cherish his memories are wife Betty Lou Sigmon; daughter and son in law, Lisa and Scott Bass; and grand daughter, Laura.  Sisters; Hazel Phillips and Bertha Marlow and his many beloved nieces and nephews. 

He was proceeded in death by brothers; George, Lawrence, Rueben, Clyde, Jack, and James Robert “Demp” Starrette. His beloved Yorkie “Missy”.

He was a member of New Salem Methodist Church and served in the National Guard.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Herm will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Gay officiating.  The family will visit with friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent Gordons Hospice House (2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625), Iredell County Animal Services (430 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC 28677), and New Salem Methodist Church (155 New Salem Road, Statesville, NC 28625).

Special thanks to Doctors: Paul Kirkman, James Foushee, Carla Pence, and Ray Georgeson and all the nurses and staff at Iredell Memorial Hospital and Gordons Hopice House.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.






-- Edited by nacster on Monday 5th of June 2017 01:33:55 PM

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I read that bit about Starrette, but am struggling to find out more details about that 17-inning stint against Gaylord Perry.

It certainly wasn't a regular season Major League game, as Perry was pitching for the Giants (and Tacoma, prior to being called up).

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seajaw wrote:

Former pitcher and long-time coach Herm Starrette died June 2nd.

What an odd career, just judging by the hard numbers.

He pitched in 27 Major league games with the Orioles, between 1963-'65.  In 46 innings, he allowed 43 hits and 16 walks, and posted a 2.54 ERA.

That got him sent back down, never to return? confuse

There is scant biographical info on his bullpen wiki page, just that he became a coach in 1967.  Injury?


 Found something............here is the link, at the very end it gives a comment about "it's impossible to know how far his pitching career could have gone had it not been cut short by injury"

https://baseballinteractions.wordpress.com/category/herm-starrette/



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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Former pitcher and long-time coach Herm Starrette died June 2nd.

What an odd career, just judging by the hard numbers.

He pitched in 27 Major league games with the Orioles, between 1963-'65.  In 46 innings, he allowed 43 hits and 16 walks, and posted a 2.54 ERA.

That got him sent back down, never to return? confuse

There is scant biographical info on his bullpen wiki page, just that he became a coach in 1967.  Injury?


 Found something............here is the link, at the very end it gives a comment about "it's impossible to know how far his pitching career could have gone had it not been cut short by injury"

https://baseballinteractions.wordpress.com/category/herm-starrette/


I guess that pretty much settles it.  Too bad for his playing career.

But he sure made up for it in later years as a coach.



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