Dan Jenkin Dies and his daughter speaks to his legacy…
In addition to the New York Times OBIT linked to below, I read another great article in The Washington Post about Dan written by his daughter. I especially love her statement about fatherhood…
“So here’s the deal if you want a recipe for father worship, if you want kids who, when you are dying in the hospital, will race at 60 mph across town in search of the grape Popsicle you requested, just to please you one more time. Take your little girl or boy everywhere with you, even into bars. Do small, harmless things with them you shouldn’t, let them off easy and end every conversation with a laugh. But give them your God’s honest truth about what matters, and let them see you work.”
Click here for the story in The Washington Post
…as reported in The New York Times
Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter whose rollicking irreverence enlivened Sports Illustrated’s pages for nearly 25 years and animated several novels, including “Semi-Tough,” a sendup of the steroidal appetites, attitudes and hype in pro football that became a classic of sports lit, died on Thursday in Fort Worth. He was 90.
Source: Dan Jenkins, 90, Chronicler of Sports in Raucous Prose, Dies – The New York Times
Edward C. Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of former President Richard M. Nixon and a faithful guardian of his White House legacy, died on Wednesday in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. He was 88.
Source: Edward Nixon, President’s Brother and Champion, Is Dead at 88 – The New York Times
Don Newcombe, the major leagues’ first outstanding black pitcher and a star for the Brooklyn Dodgers in their glory years, the 1950s, died on Tuesday. He was 92.
Source: Don Newcombe Dies at 92; Dodger Pitcher Helped Break Racial Barrier – The New York Times
Ms. Marshall became the first woman to direct a feature film that grossed more than $100 million when she made “Big” (1988). That movie, a comedy about a 12-year-old boy who magically turns into an adult (Tom Hanks) and then has to navigate the grown-up world, was as popular with critics as it was with audiences.
Source: Penny Marshall, TV Sitcom Star and Hollywood Director, Dies at 75 – The New York Times
Six-time All-Star hit over 500 home runs. via @legacyobitsSan Francisco
Giants legend Willie McCovey cracked more than 500 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. McCovey was a Giant for 19 of his 22 seasons in the league and was one of the most beloved players in San Francisco. He died at the age of 80. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com.
First ballot Hall of Famer (1986)
National League Most Valuable Player (1969)
National League Rookie of the Year (1959)
Three-time Home Run Leader (1963, 1968, 1969)
Six-time All-Star (1963, 1966, 1968–1971)
Notable quote: McCovey never won a World Series. His line drive was caught by New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson for the final out in Game 7 of the only World Series he played in. In a 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal he was asked how he’d like to be remembered.
“I’d like to be remembered as the guy who hit the ball over Bobby Richardson’s head in the seventh game,” he responded.
What people said about him: “You knew right away he wasn’t an ordinary ballplayer. He was so strong, and he had the gift of knowing the strike zone. There’s no telling how many home runs he would have hit if those knees weren’t bothering him all the time and if he played in a park other than Candlestick.” —Hank Aaron, legendary home run hitter
“He used to scare me the most when I was playing first base. I was just praying he wouldn’t hit one down the line. He was one of the most awesome players I’ve ever seen.” —Hall of Famer Joe Torre
Source: Willie McCovey (1938 – 2018), Hall of Fame San Francisco Giants Slugger | Legacy.com