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  • Mal Peet (2015)

    Mal Peet

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago.Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children's books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the 2005 Carnegie Medal...

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  • Jeff McKnight , 52 (1963 - 2015)

    Jeff  McKnight

    The Associated PressBEE BRANCH, Ark. (AP) — Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.McKnight's family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after having leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who briefly played for the Chicago Cubs in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch.Jeff McKnight made his big league...

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  • Gordie Gillespie, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Gordie  Gillespie

    The Associated PressJOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Gordie Gillespie, one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history who also had success coaching football and basketball, has died. He was 88.The University of St. Francis said Gillespie died Saturday night at his home in Joliet. He spent a quarter-century of his 59-year career as the baseball coach at the NAIA school.Gillespie had 2,402 wins in...

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  • Alex Johnson (2015)

    Alex Johnson

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Johnson, who played 13 years in the majors and won the AL batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72. Alex Johnson Jr. said Wednesday that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. The elder Johnson played for eight teams in a career that began in 1964 with Philadelphia, batting .288 with 78 homers and 525 RBIs. The...

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  • Bill Schweitzer (2015)

    Bill Schweitzer

    The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Schweitzer, a lawyer for the American League and Major League Baseball for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 70.Schweitzer's death was announced by BakerHostetler, the law firm he had worked for since 1973. He was managing partner of the firm's Washington office from 1993-09. No cause of death was given.MLB said Schweitzer's death was sudden....

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