Toronto Mike

In Memoriam

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Tim Wakefield, Dead at 57

Tim Wakefield was the MLB knuckleballer who won 200 major league games, including 186 with the Boston Red Sox. I like this line from ESPN: Wakefield was also an eight-time nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award that goes to a ballplayer for exemplary sportsmanship and community involvement, winning it in
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Terry Funk, Dead at 79

Terry Funk, considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, wrestling for the following promotions: All Japan Pro Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the International Wrestling Association of Japan, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, the United States Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and multiple National Wrestling Alliance
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Rick Jeanneret, Dead at 81

Rick Jeanneret called Sabres games from 1971 until his retirement in 2022. He retired as the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history. Rick had some memorable calls, but here's his call of Brad May's overtime goal in 1993 that sent the Buffalo Sabres to the second round of the Playoffs
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Robbie Robertson, Dead at 80

Robbie Robertson was The Band's lead guitarist and songwriter who recorded such classics as "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." I quite liked his 1987 solo debut with such hits as "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" and "Showdown at Big Sky".
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William Friedkin, Dead at 87

William Friedkin was the director best known the crime thriller film The French Connection, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, and the supernatural horror film The Exorcist, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
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Mark Margolis, Dead at 83

Mark Margolis was an actor who received an Emmy nom for portraying Hector Salamanca on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He also played the Bolivian henchman Alberto the Shadow in Brian De Palma’s Scarface;  the gravelly voiced landlord Mr. Shickadance looking for the rent in Ace Ventura: Pet
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