In Memoriam

Sparky Anderson, Dead at 76

In MemoriumSparky Anderson was 76. He was the first major league manager to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues. He managed the Cincinnati Reds to World Series victories in 1975 and 1976 and the Detroit Tigers to a World Series victory in 1984.

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Gregory Isaacs, Dead at 59

In MemoriumGregory Isaacs was 59. He was the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler."

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Denis Simpson, Dead at 59

In MemoriumDenis Simpson was 59. He was the original bass vocalist for The Nylons, but I knew him best as host of Polka Dot Door.


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Bob Guccione, Dead at 79

In MemoriumBob Guccione was 79. He was the founder and publisher of Penthouse magazine.

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Tom Bosley, Dead at 83

In MemoriumTom Bosley was 83. He was the patient, understanding father on television’s long-running "Happy Days."

Rest in peace, Mr. C.

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Barbara Billingsley, Dead at 94

In MemoriumBarbara Billingsley was 94. She gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in "Leave it to Beaver."

I enjoyed her performance in Airplane.

My brother Steve had Barbara Billingsley in The Dead Pool, drafted in September 2000. This gave him another 6 points, but he's still in last place.

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Solomon Burke, Dead at 70

In MemoriumSolomon Burke was 70. He was the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B.

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Greg Giraldo, Dead at 44

In MemoriumGreg Giraldo was 44. He was the stand-up comedian perhaps best known for his Comedy Central roasts.

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Tony Curtis, Dead at 85

In MemoriumTony Curtis was 85. He shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."

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George Blanda, Dead at 83

In MemoriumGeorge Blanda was 83. He was the Bears, Oilers and Raiders quarterback whose passing and kicking exploits during a 26-year NFL career led him to a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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