The Gone But Not Forgotten Thread

Robert Reid, who helped Houston Rockets reach 2 NBA Finals, dead at 68

He starred as a college basketball player at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Chronicle reported.

Reid helped the Rockets reach the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986. The Rockets lost both times in six games to the Boston Celtics, according to

He ranks fourth in Rockets history in games played with 762 and is fifth in assists, ESPN reported. Reid is eighth in franchise history in points (8,823) and rebounds (3,706), is ninth in blocks (364) and 10th in assists (2,253), according to the cable sports outlet.
Jean-Guy Talbot, a Montreal Canadiens hockey legend, and 7 time Stanley Cup winner (1956-57-58-59-60-65-66) passed last week at age 91.

José DeLeón, a major league pitcher for 13 seasons who led the National League in strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989, has died. He was 63.
Richard Lewis, the master of self-deprecating comedy who whined his way to stardom with stand-up TV specials, a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall and turns on Anything but Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Lewis died peacefully Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter. The actor and comic revealed in April that he had been living with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from stand-up.
Admiral Richard Truly, former Shuttle astronaut and NASA administrator, passed last week at age 86.

UL Washington, famous for both his ever-present toothpick at the plate and for having some great seasons eith the Royals. He passed today at rhe age of 70.

Ed Ott, a former major league catcher and coach who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1979 World Series, died Sunday. He was 72.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ed Ott slides across home late out of reach of Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey to score the winning run in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series at Baltimore, Oct. 11, 1979. Ott, a former major league catcher and coach who helped the Pirates win the 1979 World Series, died Sunday, March 3, 2024. (AP Photo, File)
Steve Lawrence, a wonderful singer for many decades, passed away at age 88.

I Gotta Be Me is probably his best known song:

Bill Plummer, a reliable catcher who spent spent seven seasons backing up Johnny Bench during the Big Red Machine era and later served as a coach and manager in the majors and minors, has died. He was 76.

Plummer died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last Thursday at home in Redding, California, according to family social media posts.

Plummer appeared in 324 games for the Reds between 1970 and 1977, including the teams that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and '76.
Jim McAndrew, who lost his major league debut to Bob Gibson in a 1968 spot start for the New York Mets when Nolan Ryan was called away to military duty then beat Steve Carlton a month later for his first win, has died. He was 80.
He was 36-49 with four saves and a 3.65 ERA for the Mets in 105 starts and 41 relief appearances then was traded to San Diego and went 1-4 with a 5.62 ERA in two starts and 13 relief appearances. That left his final big league record 37-53 with a 3.65 ERA.
Charles Frederick Seelbach (March 20, 1948 – March 22, 2024) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Detroit Tigers between 1971 and 1974.
Seelbach was also on the mound when the Tigers clinched the American League East championship on October 3, 1972. Seelbach set down the Boston Red Sox 1-2-3 in the 9th inning to clinch the AL East title, as the game ended on a Ben Oglivie fly ball caught by Al Kaline in right field.
Lisa Lane, an early star of American chess who was a two-time United States women’s champion and the first chess player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, died on Feb. 28 at her home in Carmel, N.Y., in Putnam County. She was 90.