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GAC
08-02-2009, 08:34 PM
30 years ago today (Aug 2, 1979) the baseball word lost Thurman Munson.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/07/30/gal_sports_munson.jpg

Here's the list.....

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/galleries/athletes_gone_too_soon/athletes_gone_too_soon.html

Always Red
08-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Willard Hershberger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Hershberger

Tom Servo
08-02-2009, 09:19 PM
Not baseball, but I greatly admire Joe Delaney.

flyer85
08-02-2009, 09:22 PM
Ernie Davis

HeatherC1212
08-02-2009, 09:23 PM
Nick Adenhart (just earlier this season)

BCubb2003
08-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Fred Hutchinson
Ray Chapman
Lou Gehrig

cincrazy
08-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Lyman Bostock, another tragic story.

mth123
08-02-2009, 09:28 PM
The Red are too well represented on my quick list of guys left out.

Lou Gehrig

Lyman Bostock.
Jim McGlothlin.
Chico Ruiz.
Ray Chapman.
Danny Thompson.
Bo Diaz.
Mark Fidrych.

hebroncougar
08-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Not baseball, but I greatly admire Joe Delaney.

+1, didn't know that, extremely brave.

flyer85
08-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Roberto Clemente

RedFanAlways1966
08-02-2009, 09:33 PM
Bob Moose, Pirates pitcher. Died in an auto accident on his 29th birthday.

Threw a wild pitch in the 9th inning that allowed the REDS to score the winning run in the deciding game of the 1972 NLCS. With Pittsburgh needing only three outs in the ninth to get to the World Series, Pirates closer Dave Giusti yielded a dramatic game-tying homer to Johnny Bench on a hanging change-up. The inning rapidly turned chaotic for the Pirates. Tony Pérez singled and was replaced by pinch-runner George Foster. Denis Menke followed with another single, and the Pirates replaced Giusti with Game 2 starter Bob Moose. A fly ball out advanced Foster to third. After Darrell Chaney made the second out on a popup with nobody scoring, Moose threw a wild pitch to pinch-hitter Hal McRae. Foster came home with the winning run amid wild scenes of jubilation in the stadium.

westofyou
08-02-2009, 09:34 PM
Ross Youngs
Addie Joss
Ed Delehany
King Kelly
Bob Fothergill
Eddie Grant

RedsBaron
08-02-2009, 09:38 PM
When it comes to sports stars, no sport has had more of its stars die too soon than motor racing: Mark Donohue, Jimmy Clark, Dale Earnhardt, Adam Petty, Peter Revson, Bill Vukovich, Bill Vukovich III, Art Pollard, Fireball Roberts, Ayrton Senna, Jerry Unser, Greg Moore, Eddie Sachs, Gilles Villeneuve, Swede Savage, Neil Bonnett, Ronnie Peterson, Scott Brayton.........all those, and more, died while either racing or qualiyfing or in practice......one sportswriter once wrote that the command to start a race should be "gentlemen start your coffins."

cincrazy
08-02-2009, 09:38 PM
Dernell Stenson and Corey Lidle were also incredibly tragic deaths, and both had an impact on me, as they both played for the Reds, however briefly.

mth123
08-02-2009, 09:39 PM
Hall of Famers who died while still active:

Ed Delahanty
Addie Joss
Lou Gehrig
Roberto Clemente
Ross Youngs

mth123
08-02-2009, 09:40 PM
Don Wilson
Donnie Moore

RedsBaron
08-02-2009, 09:47 PM
Pat Tillman R.I.P.

George Anderson
08-02-2009, 09:50 PM
I was writing a check today and realized today was the day 30 years ago that Munson died in the plane wreck. Then I quickly reminded myself that I remember the most bizarre things.

RedsBaron
08-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Bob Kalsu R.I.P.
Pat Tillman's death while serving with the U.S. Military is recent enough to be recalled by most. I had never heard of Kalsu until a few years ago when he was profiled in SI. He was an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills who probaly could have avoided military service but instead served in Viet Nam and was killed at about the same time his wife gave birth to his son.

George Anderson
08-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Steve Macko

MrCinatit
08-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Don wilson and Ken Hubbs.

RedsBaron
08-02-2009, 09:54 PM
Reggie White R.I.P.

Bob Borkowski
08-02-2009, 09:55 PM
Harry Agganis.

He was in his second year as a Red Sox first baseman (1955).

Edskin
08-02-2009, 10:10 PM
How in the world did they leave out Brian Piccolo???

macro
08-02-2009, 10:51 PM
Not baseball, but I greatly admire Joe Delaney.

I was at Arrowhead Stadium when he rushed for 193 yards against the Oilers in November 1981, his rookie season. I'm thinking that was some sort of record, but don't remember whether it was a league record or just a team record.

HokieRed
08-02-2009, 10:57 PM
A Cincinnati Royals basketball great, Maurice Stokes.

chicoruiz
08-02-2009, 11:17 PM
For some reason the first guy I thought of was Kenny Hubbs, maybe because his was the first death of an active player I was aware of when I was a kid.

oneupper
08-02-2009, 11:23 PM
Chico Ruiz.

traderumor
08-02-2009, 11:40 PM
Darryl Kile

westofyou
08-02-2009, 11:40 PM
Bill Barilko

corkedbat
08-03-2009, 12:04 AM
Wendall Ladner (Kentucky Colonels forward killed in a plane crash)
Len Bias
Hank Gathers
The Marshall Univ Football team - I'll never forget that evening - it was really foggy and rainy. I was at my grandmother's house in Kenova, WV that evening and heard the explosion.

16 years later I was working at the Ashland Oil across the river in Cattletsburg, KY (where the Little Sandy R. meets the Ohio). Talked to a couple of the old timers that worked the refinery that night. They said that the pilot had never flown into Tri-State Airport outside of Kenova. They said he came out of the clouds and saw the lights thinking it was the airport. By the time he realized his mistake, it was too late to gain altitude and make it back up to the top of the hill where the airport sits.

Don't know if there's any truth to it or not, but I could see how it could happen. Had he landed it in the refinery, it would have been a major catastraphe in addition to the terrible tragedy it was. They make refine some nasty ish in that place.

George Anderson
08-03-2009, 12:19 AM
Vince Lombardi

BearcatShane
08-03-2009, 03:28 AM
Josh Hancock, Joe Kennedy.

Edskin
08-03-2009, 06:28 AM
Jerome Brown

cumberlandreds
08-03-2009, 08:06 AM
Steve Olin and Tim Crews died in a boating accident about 15 years ago.

RichRed
08-03-2009, 09:23 AM
Sean Taylor

Eric_the_Red
08-03-2009, 10:42 AM
The Reds and Bengals' franchises ;)
Vernon Forrest
Payne Stewart
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Korey Stringer
Darrent Williams
Marquis Cooper
Corey Smith
Drazen Petrovic
Billy Martin (not rreally young but still a life cut short)
Alexei Cherepanov
Rocky Marciano
Derrick Thomas

reds1869
08-03-2009, 01:45 PM
Wendall Ladner (Kentucky Colonels forward killed in a plane crash)
Len Bias
Hank Gathers
The Marshall Univ Football team - I'll never forget that evening - it was really foggy and rainy. I was at my grandmother's house in Kenova, WV that evening and heard the explosion.

16 years later I was working at the Ashland Oil across the river in Cattletsburg, KY (where the Little Sandy R. meets the Ohio). Talked to a couple of the old timers that worked the refinery that night. They said that the pilot had never flown into Tri-State Airport outside of Kenova. They said he came out of the clouds and saw the lights thinking it was the airport. By the time he realized his mistake, it was too late to gain altitude and make it back up to the top of the hill where the airport sits.

Don't know if there's any truth to it or not, but I could see how it could happen. Had he landed it in the refinery, it would have been a major catastraphe in addition to the terrible tragedy it was. They make refine some nasty ish in that place.

I spent most of my childhood summers in Huntington and attended Marshall. My wife, sister and both parents are MU alums as well. I have flown out of Tri-State Airport many times and never stop thinking about the crash when I'm there. Those of us who are from the area or attended MU are forever bound to that tragedy.

GAC
08-03-2009, 07:16 PM
I work with Munson's cousin. I came into work last night and asked him what occurred on this date 30 years ago, and he looked at me and asked "What?" I said Thurman died. He couldn't believe it's been that long.

Then, throughout the night, he kept coming up to me and telling me various stories about Thurman.

cincrazy
08-03-2009, 09:38 PM
Has anyone mentioned Knute Rockne? And I actually haven't taken the time to read through the list provided with the link, so maybe they mentioned him.

cincrazy
08-03-2009, 09:45 PM
Also, Darryl Kile.

And on an NBA note, Bobby Phills.

Betterread
08-03-2009, 10:10 PM
Football - Derrick Thomas
NBA - Malik Sealy -killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way
International BB - Drazen Petrovic
Soccer - Serginho -died on the field

Chip R
08-03-2009, 10:38 PM
Jim Creighton

Slyder
08-04-2009, 12:07 AM
Leon Bender
Eric Turner
Darrell Russell
Marquis Cooper

reds44
08-04-2009, 01:01 AM
Sean Taylor
Of all the ones mentioned, for some reason this one effected me the most.

savafan
08-04-2009, 02:50 AM
Sergei Grinkov
Eric Show
Christy Matthewson
Ed Delahanty
Len Koenecke
Arky Vaughan
Cliff Young
Mike Sharperson
Tim Layana
Catfish Hunter
Mike Darr
Gerik Baxter
Gus Polidor
Ivan Calderon


I'll add Bump Bailey as well ;)

Razor Shines
08-04-2009, 10:32 AM
Geez, I didn't even realize that Bobby Phils and Malik Sealy had been killed. I remember both of those players, but I don't remember them dying.

cumberlandreds
08-04-2009, 12:54 PM
UK had a basketball recruit that died during a game his senior season. I believe his name was John Stewart. Please correct me if I am wrong about the name. It was very tragic. UK honored him on what would have been his senior night at UK if he had lived. I thought a very nice thing to do.

travisgrimes
08-05-2009, 01:25 AM
Len Bias is the ultimate for me.... ridiculously great ball player saw scouting reports on him and really he was lebron james before lebron

Edskin
08-06-2009, 03:19 PM
Geez, I didn't even realize that Bobby Phils and Malik Sealy had been killed. I remember both of those players, but I don't remember them dying.

Phills was speeding with teammate David Wesley in a car behind him (Wesley says they were not racing), when he was killed in a crash. Broad daylight, neither player was drunk or anything, just being silly/stupid.