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Whicker: Those who left us in 2017

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Mark Whicker

They left us in 2017:

DON BAYLOR, 68: The Angels’ first Most Valuable Player drove in 139 runs in 1979. Baylor went on to manage Colorado to its first postseason appearance in only its third season of existence. He went to World Series three consecutive years with three different teams and ended his career with 2,135 hits and 338 home runs. He held “kangaroo courts” in the clubhouse to hold teammates accountable and was known for his intense clubhouse presence. “Like no man I ever knew, he had an aura about him.” – Walt Weiss

DICK ENBERG, 82: Enberg entered the basketball, football and baseball Halls of Fame and won 13 Emmy Awards for his enthusiastic, reliable broadcasting. Enberg was the voice of John Wooden’s glory years, Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters and Deacon Jones’ sacks, and was also known for his Wimbledon broadcasts and for narrating the Michigan State-Indiana State NCAA title game of 1979, featuring Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. “To me Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster of all time and will never be emulated.” – Vin Scully

HAL BEDSOLE, 76: Bedsole was an All-America tight end for USC in 1962, when the Trojans won the national championship and took a thrilling 42-37 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. He caught two touchdown passes in that game and averaged more than 20 yards per catch for the Trojans. He was also known for his supreme confidence and was nicknamed “Primo,” for prima donna, by Mike Garrett and “Prince Hal” by other teammates. “If you told him to run a zip-and-out and do a flip and a handstand and catch that ball with one hand and play the trombone with the other, he could do it.” – Don Klosterman, former Rams general manager

JIM BUSH, 90: Bush’s track and field teams at UCLA won […]    

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