Category Archives: RIP
My all-time favorite NASCAR driver, at least in name only, has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a North Carolina cemetery.
Like all of us of a particular age, I was raised on Pat Summerall. Visitors to this space know of the low regard in which I hold most sports announcers. I can't say Summerall was any better or worse than any of the long timers. He was around a long time. There is something to [...]
I rarely agreed with him, and I still blame him for exposing me to My Dinner With Andre, but he was a talented critic and writer and I followed him on twitter which means that I got to spend his last few days with him. Cancer claims another.
Not to be confused with the punk band, Phil Ramone produced several classic albums in the 70's and 80's, including one of my personal faves, Billy Joel's The Stranger. Ramone was 72.
The father the hockey anthem, The Hockey Song, has died at age 77.
Reg Presley, leader of 60′s rock group The Troggs, has died at age 71. The Troggs were inspirational to punk and garage bands to follow. Cancer claims another, damn it. While most everybody knows The Troggs for “Wild Thing,” my personal Troggs’ favorite is “Love is All Around” which was covered splendidly by R.E.M. during [...]
ESPN is reporting this morning that Earl Weaver has died of an apparent heart attack while sailing on an Orioles fantasy cruise, sadly enough. Earl Weaver's 1970 Baltimore Orioles team broke my heart when they destroyed my beloved Reds in the World Series. For me, Weaver remains among the biggest icons in my major league [...]
The noted jazz pianist has died at the age of 91. Brubeck is noted for his tricky, tricky time signatures, highlighted below in his classic composition “Take Five.” Brubeck belongs on the Mt Rushmore of jazz, in my humble estimation.
I don’t know how to remember Marvin Miller. When I was a kid, I knew the starting lineups of my favorite teams and their rivals, and it rarely changed from season to season. Trades were often considered blockbusters and the only way a player could go from the Reds to the Orioles or from the [...]
The long time Detroit TV personality certainly had a name for weather, didn’t he? Sonny Eliot died today at the age of 91. The Detroit Free Press published a fine obituary to the man.