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(April 23, 1924 – March 19, 2019)
For several years, my oldest son and I would attend the Redsfest event held in December. We met a lot of cool people, got tons of signatures, and always had a good time. I think the highlight of all the Redsfests we have attended occurred in 2010 when we met Chuck Harmon for the first time.
Chuck Harmon became the first African American to appear in a game for the Reds when he pinch hit for Corky Valentine on April 17, 1954. In the same game, Nino Escalera also debuted for the Reds; Esccalera was also black, but was Puerto Rican, not African American. Harmon was an excellent athlete, and also tried out for the Boston Celtics when the NBA was integrated for the 1950-51 season. After failing to make the Celtics, Harmon finished the season as a player-coach for Utica of the American Basketball League. According to Wikipedia, that made him one of the first (and possibly the first) African Americans to coach an integrated professional basketball team.
At the 2010 Redsfest, Harmon was one of the players in the backstage/lounge area reserved for those who purchased Hall of Fame Memberships. He was confined to a wheelchair, and he had someone there with him (I’m assuming it was his son) to carry his things and push the chair. He talked to Joshua and I for several minutes, talking about Jackie Robinson and how Jackie was “a pretty good ballplayer.” As we were getting ready to leave, he told his son to get some cards out of his bag, then asked for a pen to sign one that he had not yet autographed. His son said, “You’re not supposed to do that back here.” Harmon took the cards and pen, looked straight at one of the workers, and said, “Let them sue me!”
He then signed the cards and handed them to my son and I. A truly nice man, and an experience that neither of us will soon forget! On his now-defunct website, Harmon said, “Most importantly, I would most like to be remembered simply as a good person.” There is no doubt that he will be remembered as such by those who met him.
We saw him again the next year, and had him sign a special custom card that I had made from the photo taken in 2010. He was signing copies of his book, but you didn’t have to buy one to get his autograph. Amazingly, there was no one in line to meet him. I still regret not purchasing the book and getting it signed as well.
Harmon passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. I will forever treasure the memory of meeting him.
(October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019)
Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke last Thursday, and today succumbed from complications from that stroke. His most famous role was that of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210. More recently he could be seen as Archie’s father on Riverdale. He was only 52 years old.
I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way… pic.twitter.com/7DtSvYdIGe
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) March 4, 2019
Just devastated by the news of #LukePerry He will be a brother forever we grew up together and I will never forget his loving spirit, his incredible wit and charm that won all of us pic.twitter.com/lkKLx3e2kS
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) March 4, 2019
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. 💔 pic.twitter.com/g6rR5lqLUG
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 4, 2019
— soleil moon frye (@moonfrye) March 5, 2019
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
So saddened to hear of Luke Perry’s passing 💔My thought and prayers are with his family and friends.
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) March 5, 2019
(September 17, 1954 – October 16, 2018)
Former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki passed away Tuesday at the age of 64. He also played for the Orioles, Tigers, and Expos, as well as the Senior Professional Baseball League, and went on to manage in the minor leagues.
— Frontier League (@FLProBaseball) October 17, 2018
The Atlantic League joins the baseball community in mourning the loss of Wayne Krenchicki, who passed away at the age of 64 on Tuesday.
— Atlantic League (@AtlanticLg) October 17, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Red Wings All-Star INF Wayne Krenchicki.
Krenchicki played in 309 games for the Wings from 1978-81. RIP, Wayne 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZRQM0qZF4L
— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) October 18, 2018
— Eduardo Perez (@PerezEd) October 16, 2018
— Pro Star Management (@prostarmgmt) October 17, 2018
Back in 2007 when I headed up Baseball Operations for the Newark Bears minor league baseball team, John Brandt & I hired Wayne Krenchicki as manager, and we won the Atlantic League title.
Chick passed away yesterday at 64.
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) October 17, 2018
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is saddened to learn of the passing of UMSHoF member Wayne Krenchicki…a 1990 inductee and a great guy. Prayers go out to his family and friends and all Canes fans who watched him play.https://t.co/g0SwmANa1i
— @umsportshalloffame (@UMSHoF) October 17, 2018
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hurricanes great Wayne Krenchicki. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/udLW1Fu0wF
— Canes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) October 17, 2018
Remembering former Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki (1954-2018): https://t.co/cncBa4wEPy
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) October 17, 2018
RIP #Reds infielder Wayne Krenchicki (1982-85), best known for photo in 1982 Media Guide. Reds used White-Out on mustache that violated facial hair ban when acquired from #Orioles as spring training opened. Chicki, 64, was mgr of Evansville @EvilleOtters. pic.twitter.com/gO3jdLDKrR
— John Kiesewetter (@TVKiese) October 18, 2018
RIP Wayne Krenchicki. #MLB infielder with #Orioles, #Reds, #Tigers, and #Expos. A 1st round draft pick in 1976, the #UniversityOfMiami labeled him their best SS in school history! [His Story: https://t.co/XBxGuLUsTT] (Image = 1980 #Topps) pic.twitter.com/YOdoGtCL4T
— Baseball Almanac (@BaseballAlmanac) October 17, 2018
Former Cardinals player, coach, and manager Red Schoendienst passed away on Wednesday at the age of 95. He was a popular figure in St. Louis sports and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 7, 2018
It was a privilege to know and learn from one of baseball’s best, Red Schoendienst. Truly one of the greatest mentors in the game. He always made time for me and I will cherish the great times we spent together. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. pic.twitter.com/c3UDDBx3lF
Red Schoendienst was with Grampa and his best pal Joe Garagiola that day in 1942 when they all tried out for the #STLCards. Branch Rickey passed on Gramp, signed Red and Joe, and the rest is history. But the friendships lasted their lifetimes! #LoveRed2 #MLB #Yankees @Yogi_Museum pic.twitter.com/dUalqBmqHo
— Lindsay Berra (@lindsayberra) June 7, 2018
Condolences to the family and friends of baseball legend Red Schoendienst. He was 95 years old.
— The Twins Almanac (@TwinsAlmanac) June 7, 2018
Red Schoendienst and his 1967 World Champion Cardinals pic.twitter.com/pGYErBD9Ub
— Dan Hirsch (@DanHirsch) June 7, 2018
MLB Network mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. pic.twitter.com/V7AhI7EnFz
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 7, 2018
Red Schoendienst & Stan Musial in their red blazers at @Cardinals games was our chance to see baseball royalty and history. Such a joy, such gentlemen.
Sad that time is over, happy we had Red so long.
— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) June 7, 2018
(June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018)
Barbara Bush has passed away. As wife of the 41st President of the United States of America George H. W. Bush, she served this great nation as First Lady from 1989-1993. Mrs. Bush was the mother of 43rd President George W. Bush, and was the fourth cousin, four times removed. of 14th President Franklin Pierce and author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. She and Abigail Adams are the only women who were both wife and mother to Presidents.
(October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018)
Harry Anderson, best known for his role as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s and 1990s sitcom Night Court, passed away today. The public defender, prosecutor, and one of the baliffs took to Twitter to express their sorrow.
I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated.
— Markie Post (@markie_post) April 16, 2018
Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this.
My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him.
Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend. https://t.co/fv2yzW4sku
— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) April 16, 2018
— John B. Larroquette (@johnlarroquette) April 17, 2018
(September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018)
Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries passed away at the age of 46. She was in London for a recording session. The cause of death has not been made public.
Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time. Full Statement: https://t.co/L8K98BFpSM pic.twitter.com/ADEY51Xnwe
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
I’m really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly
– I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well – we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together – unbelievable god bless her pic.twitter.com/Pk2QyAaaBw
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) January 15, 2018
So sad to hear of Dolores O’Riordan passing. I remember as a young girl, hearing The Cranberries for the first time and wanting to be just like her.
— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) January 15, 2018
— mark lanegan (@marklanegan) January 15, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of Delores O’Riordan.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) January 15, 2018
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
Oh this is sad. https://t.co/uLaBZLHEKD
— Shawn Duncan (@sduncandrums) January 15, 2018
— Julia Michaels (@imjmichaels) January 15, 2018
Nooooo!! Have always adored her songs and voice https://t.co/asBAt1RJl1
— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 15, 2018
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) January 15, 2018
I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
Please take a few minutes to watch Dolores O'Riordan perform Zombie in her fierce Limerick lilt on Late Show with David Letterman. A reminder that she was *23* here: https://t.co/Wtp9O0q5XK
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) January 15, 2018
(May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017)
Roy Halladay perished in a plane crash today in the Gulf of Mexico. He was one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, winning 203 games and striking out 2117 batters in his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies, 1998-2013. Halladay was an 8-time All-Star, 2-time Cy Young Award winner, and finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young five other times. In 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history as the Phillies topped the Reds in the NLDS.
We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017
Statement from the Blue Jays organization on the tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/Ih8D0RQE9p
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 7, 2017
Roy Halladay's cap and ball from his 2010 perfect game. His legacy lives on in Cooperstown. Rest in peace, Doc. pic.twitter.com/PqASdhK8bf
— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 7, 2017
Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.
— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) November 7, 2017
We lost another member of the Phillies family way to soon! My prayers go out to Doc’s wife and kids and his entire family! RIP Doc!
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) November 7, 2017
We were together in this journey as Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers, now you are gone. RIP Roy Halladay pic.twitter.com/x5Vv0r8djx
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) November 7, 2017
Heart is broken to hear about Roy Halladay .great friend, teammate, father and husband. One of the best teammates ever! You will be missed !
— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) November 7, 2017
Absolutely stunned & saddened by news of Roy Halladay passing.Amazing guy & toughest pitcher I’ve ever faced. Unreal.Praying for his family.
— Sean Casey (@TheMayorsOffice) November 7, 2017
Rest In Peace Doc Halladay. One of the best to ever do it. You will be missed.
— Dallas Keuchel (@kidkeuchy) November 7, 2017
I wanted to be Roy Halladay. I’m heartbroken, rest easy Doc.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
I only own like 5 signed jerseys, and I was so scared to ask him. He wrote that he liked watching ME pitch. What an honor pic.twitter.com/ufj4G8u5DD
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 7, 2017
Gone too soon my friend!!! Blessed to have shared the field with you as a teammate, competitor, friend and more importantly a brother. Praying for Brandy, Ryan and Brayden🙏🏽
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 7, 2017
Doc Halladay the Ultimate Warrior the hardest working teammate ever! I'm blessed to have spent time training with you!! #Trueleader
— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) November 7, 2017
In shock over the terrible news about Roy Halladay… a pitcher I grew up admiring & rooting for. Praying for his family & friends. #RIPDoc
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) November 7, 2017
My pic from Halladay's introductory press conference with the Phillies. pic.twitter.com/jh43gfcloB
— Sooz (@yanxchick) November 7, 2017
“You wouldn’t know what Roy did because Roy would never tell you what he did. And that’s the legacy of a great man.” — Sheriff Chris Nocco
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 7, 2017
Every pitcher tried to imitate him, no hitter wanted to face him, and everybody liked him. RIP Roy Halladay
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) November 7, 2017
(October 21, 1940 – October 8, 2017)
Jimmy Beaumont was lead vocalist for Pittsburgh doo-wop group The Skyliners, whose biggest his was 1959’s “Since I Don’t Have You.” The song has been covered by numerous acts such as The Four Seasons, Guns N’ Roses, Brian Setzer, and Art Garfunkel. Other songs by The Skyliners include “It Happened Today,” “This I Swear,” and “Pennies From Heaven.” Beaumont is the fourth of the original lineup of The Skyliners to pass.
(October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)
Iconic classic rocker Tom Petty has passed away. He suffered a cardiac incident and was rushed to the hospital Sunday night. After LAPD inadvertently released incomplete information to media sources Monday afternoon, it has now been confirmed that Petty passed at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center.
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
Way too young…Rest In Peace Tom…. You’ll always be remembered as a Giant pic.twitter.com/OBDdtdKBgk
— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) October 2, 2017
Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night.
And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) October 2, 2017
Musicians touch people in different ways . Tom made me feel happy . I choose happy . Rest easy Tom Petty . https://t.co/hmLBDmmpeU
— Tracii Guns☮ (@traciiguns) October 2, 2017
So sorry to hear we lost Tom Petty..thank you for the music, your time here brought much joy to the world…rest in peace. 😦
— Shawn Duncan (@sduncandrums) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty! Wow! Just, wow!!!
— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty memory: I'm 14. "Refugee" blaring on stereo. Mom yells up stairs. "Do you really like that music?"
Yes, mom, I do.#RIPTomPetty
— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2017