04.13.09 9 years ago 4 Comments

Lots of dead people in the news today.  Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies and the resonant narrator of NFL Films, collapsed at Nationals Park before the DC-Philly game today and died of heart failure.  The Baseball Hall of Famer was 73.  With Leather frontman Punté was at that game, but is not suspected of any wrongdoing.  By police, anyway.  (

Hours later, beloved former Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych was found dead underneath a dump truck at his farm in Massachusetts.  He was 54, the victim of what appears to be an accident.  Fidrych started the All-Star Game and won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1976, winning over fans with his colorful on-field behavior.  His career was cut short by injuries, however, and it seems his life followed the same path.

Also, as FilmDrunk noted, porn legend Marilyn Chambers passed away at the age of 56.  I guess that’s not really sports news, unless you consider masturbation a sport.  Which I do.

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