The Gone But Not Forgotten Thread

Vontae Davis, former NFL cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, has died, with all three teams confirming the news on Monday. He was 35, just two months short of his 36th birthday.

We are heartbroken by the sudden passing of former Dolphins CB Vontae Davis and extend our deepest condolences to his family & loved ones during this difficult time.

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 1, 2024

Vontae Davis wws one of our Illini football heroes...his brother said he had fallen by accident coming out of a sauna, but no official cause of death has been noted. So very sad.

Also very deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lou Conter, who was 102 years old, and the final USS Arizona survivor.

Lou traveled back to Pearl Harbor every year until he was nearly 100 for the anniversary of the December 7th attacks.


Lou flew over 200 combat missions in the Pacific theatre of WWII, getting shot down once over the ocean and rescuing his entire crew, only to fly another mission the next night! He stayed in the Navy through the Korean War era, retiring in 1967. He will receive full military honors at his funeral, likely to be held at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii.

When called a hero, as he often was, he humbly gave credit to all of his shipmates and fellow sailors who died at Pearl Harbor as the true heroes. I was honored to write to Lou on two occasions, and he signed this image for me, always my favorite:

Rest in Peace Lt. Cmdr. Conter. A great American.
Pat Zachry, the right-hander who pitched for the Big Red Machine in the World Series and who pitched in relief for two years with the Dodgers, died on Thursday at age 71.

Zachry played three sports at Richfield High School in Waco, Texas, including basketball and football, but it was baseball in which he excelled the most, pitching three no-hitters. The Reds drafted Zachry in the 19th round in 1970, and in his first year in the majors won 14 games with a 2.74 ERA in 204 innings for a championship team in 1976. Zachry won both of his postseason starts that year — beating the Pirates in Game 2 of the NLCS, then winning at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the fall classic — and co-won National League Rookie of the Year along with Padres relief pitcher Butch Metzger.

C.J. Snare, founding member and lead singer of Fire House passed on April 5th at age 64. C.J. had been traveling and performing for almost 35 years with the band, and passed unexpectedly after abdominal surgery.

New York Mets lose another great from the 1969 World Champion Team as
Jerry Grote, the catcher who helped transform the New York Mets from a perennial loser into the 1969 World Series champions, died April 7 at a medical facility in Austin. He was 81.
Mr. Grote had suffered from heart issues and died of respiratory failure during a cardiac procedure, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.
Mr. Grote nurtured a young pitching staff led by Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Gary Gentry. The Mets overtook the Chicago Cubs and moved into first place for the first time in their history on Sept. 10. They finished 100-62 to win the National League East Division by eight games, then swept three games from Atlanta in the first National League Championship Series and beat the favored Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series.

Fritz Peterson, Yankee Pitcher in an Unusual ‘Trade,’ Dies at 82​

He was a leading light on an undistinguished team. But he became known less for his achievement on the field than for exchanging wives with a teammate.
I got to know Mr. Peterson a little in his later years. He was a very intelligent person. It was sad when he announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis.
Ken Holtzman, MLB’s winningest Jewish pitcher who threw two no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs and helped the Oakland Athletics win three straight World Series championships in the 1970s, has died, the Cubs announced Monday on social media. He was 78.