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George Segal, banjoist turned actorJessica Walter, actress in 'Arrested Development' and 'Archer'Ava Arpaio, wife of former controversial Arizona sheriffDr. José Baselga, cancer researcher and pharmaceutical executiveMartina Batan, art dealer haunted by brother's murderElgin Baylor, LA Lakers superstarYehuda Ben-Yishay, psychologist who made advances in treating brain injuriesJack Bradley, right, magazine photographer and superfan of jazz trumpeter Louis ArmstrongBill Brock, former GOP senator from TennesseeDr. Bobby Brown, Yankee infielder who really wanted to be a doctorBeverly Cleary, author of children's booksPat Collins, Tony-winning lighting designerMorris Dickstein, literary critic and cultural historianMichael Friedlander, NYC architect of Spring Street Sait ShedEthel Gabriel, pioneering recording producer with one of her many gold recordsBill Gamson, sociologist whose love of games inspired fantasy sportsCraig (muMs) Grant, rapper and TV actorDon Heffington, drummer and session musicianLois Kirschenbaum, opera buffPhyllis L. Marchand, former mayor of Princeton, NJSharon Matola, Belize zookeeperLarry McMurtry, novelist and screenwriterrJames R. Mills, retired California state legislatorBrian Rohan, San Francisco's 'dope lawyer' who defended '60s celebrities on drug chargesDr. Nawal el Saadawi, Egyptian author, activist, and physicianHoward Schnellenberger, college football coachRuth Schwartz, founder and executive director of Shelter Partnership, LA's charity for homelessBertrand Tavernier, French filmmaker

Art and Literature

Martina Batan (62) one winter night in 1978, a 14-year-old boy named Jeffrey Batan was killed in Rego Park, Queens, New York. His body was found with 20 stab wounds in a snowy yard the next morning. Although the violent crime received media attention, it was never solved. Yet as the years passed, the boy’s older sister continued searching for answers to the cold case. That quest shaped her life. Martina Batan became a prominent contemporary art dealer in Manhattan, representing artists and selling the works of Andy Warhol and photographer William Wegman. But well into her 50s, she kept looking for clues in her brother’s murder. Batan worked for the SoHo gallery Ronald Feldman Fine Arts for 35 years, eventually becoming its director. When she was 53, she hired a private detective to look into the 1978 murder case. The details of the case were documented in Missing People, directed by David Shapiro, who followed Batan for four years. The investigation uncovered new information about the murder, but it also added to her despair. Batan died in the Bronx, New York after a series of strokes, on March 26, 2021.

Jack Bradley (87) fan of jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong (died 1971) who became his personal photographer, creating an indelible record of the jazz giant’s last dozen years. Bradley first attended a concert by Armstrong and his band on Cape Cod in the mid-‘50s. Using a Brownie, he snapped his first photo of Armstrong at another performance—the first of thousands he took, first as a devotee, then as part of Armstrong's inner circle. Bradley took pictures of Armstrong at his home in Corona, Queens, New York; in quiet moments backstage; at rehearsals and concerts; during recording sessions; and in dressing rooms. He photographed Armstrong in his backyard around 1960. In all, he took an estimated 6,000 photos of Armstrong and became a collector of anything related to his life and career: 16-mm films, reel-to-reel tapes of recordings and conversations, 78 rpm discs and LPs, magazines, manuscripts, sheet music, telegrams, fan letters, figurines—even Armstrong’s slippers and suits. Bradley died of Parkinson’s disease in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, on March 21, 2021.

Beverly Cleary (104) children's author. With wit and a gift for recalling the emotions of childhood, Cleary wove timeless tales that took young readers back to the Portland, Oregon of her youth. Her stories are a collective touchstone for the childhoods of many baby boomers and succeeding generations who saw themselves in the pages of her work. The grande dame of children’s literature, she wrote both humorously and realistically about the anxieties of childhood in such popular books as Henry Huggins and Beezus & Ramona. A former children’s librarian, Cleary became one of the most popular authors of American children’s books, writing more than 30 titles over 50 years that sold 85 million copies around the world. More than 10 years ago, the Library of Congress declared her a living legend, and her birthday, April 12, is celebrated with Drop Everything & Read Day, held annually in US libraries and schools. She died in Carmel, California, where she had lived since the ‘60s, on March 25, 2021.

Morris Dickstein (81) literary critic, cultural historian, and professor at City University of New York who was among the last of the first generation of Jewish public intellectuals reared on the Lower East Side. A scholar who studied at Columbia, Yale, and the University of Cambridge, Dickstein could ruminate on Keats, Allen Ginsberg, and his recollections of his immigrant parents and the campus upheaval at Columbia University when he taught there in the late ‘60s, all in a single paragraph. His books often challenged conventional wisdom. He argued in Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties (1977) that the political turmoil of the decade tended to undermine the distinction between high culture and popular culture and to make popular culture a subject of serious discussion. Gates of Eden was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Dickstein's Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (2009) was a finalist for that award. He died of Parkinson’s disease in New York City on March 23, 2021.

Michael Friedlander (63) in the ‘70s Friedlander was an architecture student at the Cooper Union, his head bursting with unconventional designs. On graduating, he settled for a stopgap job with the City of New York, which had him working on assignments like drafting blueprints to renovate locker rooms for sanitation workers. But in over 40 years with the Sanitation Department, he became an in-house architect, a project manager, and finally director of special projects—all the while never giving up on a crusade: to transform civic architecture from exercises in intrusive mediocrity, as the public tended to see such buildings, to something worthy of approval. His vision was realized in a sculptural Sanitation Department salt-storage shed on the western fringe of TriBeCa in Manhattan, used to store ice-melting salt for sanitation trucks to spread on winter roadways. Blue, cubelike, crystalline, and rising 69 feet, it is called the Spring Street Salt Shed and appears, with a little imagination, to form, out of concrete, a coarse grain of salt. Friedlander described the $20 million structure as a whimsical “architectural folly” that can hold 5,000 tons of salt. He died in New York City from complications of an infection, on March 21, 2021.

Larry McMurtry (84) novelist and screenwriter who demythologized the American West with his unromantic depictions of life on the 19th-century frontier and in contemporary small-town Texas. Over more than 50 years McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels and many books of essays, memoir, and history. He also wrote more than 30 screenplays, including the one for Brokeback Mountain (written with his longtime collaborator Diana Ossana, based on a short story by Annie Proulx), for which he won an Oscar in 2006. But McMurtry found his greatest commercial and critical success with Lonesome Dove, a sweeping 843-page novel about two retired Texas Rangers who drive a herd of stolen cattle from the Rio Grande to Montana in the 1870s. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a popular TV miniseries. McMurtry wrote Lonesome Dove as an anti-Western, a rebuke of sorts to the romantic notions of dime-store novels and an exorcism of the false ghosts in the work of writers like Louis L’Amour. Larry McMurtry died in Archer City, Texas on March 25, 2021.

Business and Science

Dr. José Baselga (61) cancer researcher and pharmaceutical executive whose work helped to transform the treatment of breast cancer patients. Baselga had worked at AstraZeneca since 2019 as executive vice president for research and development in oncology. Before that he was chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan until he resigned in 2018 after revelations that in his published research he had failed to disclose payments from health care companies. In a decades-long career in the US and his native Spain, Baselga was known for his work in developing and testing targeted cancer treatments, including the breast cancer treatment Herceptin, a monoclonal antibody that zeroes in on a particular protein, known as HER2, which is implicated in aggressive and deadly breast cancers. Baselga died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare neurological disorder, in the Cerdanya region of Spain on March 21, 2021.

Yehuda Ben-Yishay (88) psychologist whose experience working with wounded Israeli soldiers led him to make advances in treating traumatic brain injuries, helping countless patients to return to some semblance of the life they had before. Before Ben-Yishay developed what he called holistic cognitive therapy in the ‘70s, most scientists thought that the adult brain was not capable of change and that serious injuries—and the behavioral changes that resulted—were permanent. Working with Leonard Diller, his colleague at Rusk Rehabilitation at New York University's Langone Health, Ben-Yishay proved otherwise, setting aside the biology of the brain to show that things like attention, memory, and behavior could still be compensated for in recovering patients. The two first demonstrated their ideas in Israel, where hundreds of soldiers, many of them tank drivers, had suffered traumatic brain injuries in the tank battles across the Sinai Desert and in the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Ben-Yishay died in New York City on March 24, 2021.

Dr. Bobby Brown (96) Yankee infielder who played on four World Series championship teams while pursuing a career in medicine. Brown quit baseball at age 29 to open a cardiology practice and later was president of the American League. He usually missed spring training because of his studies, but he proved a crucial figure at the plate for the Yankees by the time October arrived. He had a .439 batting average, with 18 hits including five doubles and three triples, while appearing in the World Series every year but one from 1947–51. He earned a medical degree from Tulane University in 1950 and left the Yankees in the summer of ‘52 for medical service in the Army during the Korean War. Brown was discharged in April 1954 and played occasionally for the Yankees that spring. He retired in July after eight seasons with a career batting average of .279. He remained in medical practice until 1984, when he became American League president—a post that mainly involved disciplining players for their run-ins with the umpires. Brown died in Fort Worth, Texas on March 25, 2021.

Sharon Matola (66) whose life changed in the summer of 1981 when she got a call from a British filmmaker named Richard Foster. Matola had recently quit her job as a lion tamer in a Mexican circus and was back home in Florida. Foster had heard of her skills with wild animals and wanted her to work with him on a nature documentary in Belize, the small, newly independent country on the Caribbean side of Central America, where he lived on a compound about 30 miles inland. Matola arrived in the fall of 1981, but the money for Foster’s film soon ran out. He moved on to another project, in Borneo, leaving Matola in charge of a jaguar, two macaws, a 10-foot boa constrictor, and 17 other half-tamed animals. Desperate, she opened the Belize Zoo. Nearly 40 years later it is the most popular attraction in Belize, drawing locals, foreign tourists, and tens of thousands of schoolchildren each year to see Pete the jaguar, Saddam the peccary, and the rest of Matola’s menagerie of native animals. Matola died of a heart attack in Belmopan, Belize on March 21, 2021.

Dr. Nawal el Saadawi (89) Egyptian author, activist, and physician who became a symbol of the struggle for women’s rights in the patriarchal Arab world and campaigned against female genital mutilation, which she had endured at age 6. Saadawi defended the rights of women against social and religious strictures for most of her adult life, fighting for changes in a deeply conservative political culture. In 2011, at age 79, she joined demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo in protests that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, the latest of her many confrontations with the authorities, both secular and religious. In the ‘70s she was dismissed from a high-ranking position in the Health Ministry when her first book, Women & Sex, reappeared after having been banned in Egypt for almost 20 years because of the feminist arguments it advanced. Saadawi died in Cairo, Egypt on March 21, 2021.


Brian Rohan (84) known as San Francisco's “dope lawyer” for ‘60s counterculture clients like the Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey. After defending Kesey, author of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for marijuana possession in 1965, Rohan became the go-to attorney for charges involving illegal drugs. He cofounded the Haight Ashbury Legal Organization, and the group recruited clients in part by setting up a table outside the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury Street. Thanks to his association with the Grateful Dead, Rohan also became a music lawyer. In 1966 he helped the band to negotiate its first contract with Warner Brothers. He also represented Janis Joplin, Santana, and Jefferson Airplane. His nonmusician clients included Beat writer Neal Cassady—the inspiration for the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road —and members of the Merry Pranksters, the communal travelers chronicled in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Rohan died in the Bay Area city of Larkspur, California after a six-year battle with cancer, on March 23, 2021.

News and Entertainment

Pat Collins (88) Tony Award-winning lighting designer and a Broadway mainstay whose work was seen for nearly 50 years in plays, musicals, and operas. Collins, who won her Tony for Herb Gardner’s I’m Not Rappaport in 1986, was lighting designer for more than 30 other Broadway productions, among them The Threepenny Opera, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Doubt, which earned her a Tony nomination. Collins also worked at regional theaters throughout the US and with opera companies in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, London, Paris, and Munich—always using light to establish moods, create the illusion of time passing, and indicate where the audience’s attention should be on the stage. She died of pancreatic cancer in Branford, Connecticut on March 21, 2021.

Ethel Gabriel (99) in more than 40 years at RCA Victor was thought to have produced thousands of records, many at a time when almost no women were doing that work at major labels. Gabriel began working at RCA’s plant in Camden, New Jersey in 1940 while a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. One of her early jobs was as a record tester—would pull one in every 500 records and listen to it for manufacturing imperfections. She often said that she had produced some 2,500 records. The number may actually be higher because contributions were not always credited. In any case, by the late ‘50s Gabriel was in charge of RCA Camden Records, the company’s budget line, and was earning producer credits, something she continued to do into the ‘80s. She died in Rochester, New York on March 23, 2021.

Craig (muMs) Grant (52) whose biggest success as an actor was the role of Poet on the HBO prison drama Oz. But fans of that series were accustomed to seeing him credited simply as muMs. It was a name he adopted as a young man when he was exploring rap and slam poetry, influences that he said changed his life. He built a respectable career as an actor, appearing on Oz throughout its six-season run, which began in 1997, and turned up in spot roles on series including Hack, Boston Legal, and Law & Order and its spinoffs, and in movies like Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000). But before his Oz breakthrough he was a familiar presence on the slam poetry circuit in New York and beyond. He was in the 1998 documentary SlamNation as part of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s slam team. He returned to his poetry/rap roots often, even after Oz gave him a measure of fame—appearing onstage with the Labyrinth Theater Co. in New York, where he was a member of the ensemble, and performing at colleges and small theaters all over the country. Grant died of diabetes in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was filming the Starz series Hightown, on which he had a recurring role, on March 24, 2021.

Don Heffington (70) drummer and session musician who played in the Los Angeles roots-rock band Lone Justice in the ‘80s and later recorded and performed with stars including Bob Dylan and Dwight Yoakam. Lone Justice played rowdy but tuneful country-inflected rock built around singer Maria McKee’s vocals. The band quickly established itself on LA’s club scene, which led to a self-titled 1985 debut recording produced by Jimmy Iovine and a high-profile gig as the opening act on U2’s arena tour behind “The Unforgettable Fire.” Yet the lineup that made the Lone Justice debut album—McKee, drummer Heffington, guitarists Ryan Hedgecock and Tony Gilkyson, and bassist Marvin Etzioni—broke up by the time of the group’s next LP, Shelter (1986), which teamed McKee with a different set of players for more pop-oriented songs that smoothed out Lone Justice’s punky edge. Heffington worked in different settings with his old bandmates. He died of leukemia in Los Feliz, California on March 24, 2021.

Lois Kirschenbaum (88) for more than 50 years, nearly every prominent singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera could expect to be approached backstage afterward by a woman in thick glasses who held piles of memorabilia to be autographed while she praised the performance in a Brooklyn accent. That was Kirschenbaum, one of New York's biggest and longest-standing opera buffs and a nightly staple at the opera since the late ‘50s, before Lincoln Center was built, when the Met was located in Midtown. Few operatic performances took place at the Met without being observed through Kirschenbaum’s binoculars (was legally blind from birth), usually from a seat in the uppermost balcony secured for little or no money by canvassing operagoers at the entrance just before the opening curtain. And few prominent singers went home without signing numerous items for Kirschenbaum, whose constant desire to get backstage helped her to befriend some of the world’s most famous opera singers, from Beverly Sills to Plácido Domingo. Kirschenbaum died in New York City on March 27, 2021 after suffering from pneumonia and renal failure.

George Segal (87) banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and starred in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs. Segal was always best known as a comic actor, becoming one of the screen’s biggest stars in the ‘70s when lighthearted adult comedies thrived. But his most famous role was in a harrowing drama, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, based on Edward Albee’s play. He was the last surviving credited member of the tiny cast, all four of whom were nominated for Oscars: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for starring roles, Sandy Dennis and Segal for supporting performances. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars. To younger audiences, Segal was better known for playing magazine publisher Jack Gallo on the long-running NBC series Just Shoot Me from 1997–2003, and as grandfather Albert (“Pops”) Solomon on The Goldbergs since 2013. He died from complications after bypass surgery in Santa Rosa, California on March 23, 2021.

Bertrand Tavernier (79) French filmmaker who directed lauded movies such as A Sunday in the Country, Captain Conan, and The Judge & the Assassin. The Lyon-born director left behind a legacy of 30 films that included performances by stars of French cinema such as Romy Schneider, Isabelle Huppert, and Dirk Bogarde. Tavernier wore various caps during his career in cinema. He worked as an assistant director, press officer, and critic and took a turn toward directing. He first found success with The Watchmaker of St. Paul (1974). He won two César Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars. The 1991 movie Daddy Nostalgia was famous for being Bogarde’s final screen role. Although Tavernier was less well known in the English-speaking world, his 1987 feature film about a fictional jazz musician, ‘Round Midnight, won Herbie Hancock an Oscar for best original score. Tavernier died in Sainte-Maxime, a community in southeastern France, on March 25, 2021.

Jessica Walter (80) actor whose career spanned 60 years and included signature roles on Arrested Development and Archer. Walter went to New York's High School of Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Among her classmates were James Caan and producer Jerry Weintraub—whom she remembered as “the bad boys”—and Brenda Vaccaro, who introduced Walter to her second husband, actor Ron Leibman (died 2019), some 20 years later. Walter started her career in theater, with Broadway productions including Advise and Consent, Rumors, A Severed Head, Nightlife, and Photo Finish. The last earned her the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising female newcomer in 1963, the year Gene Hackman won for most promising male newcomer. Walter’s feature film debut was in the 1964 movie Lilith, with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, and Hackman. From there Walter carved out a notable career as a dramatic actress in films such as Sidney Lumet’s 1966 movie The Group. Her work in that movie caught Clint Eastwood’s eye for the role of the obsessed stalker in Play Misty for Me, his 1971 directorial debut. She died in her sleep in New York City on March 24, 2021.

Politics and Military

Ava Arpaio (89) wife of former longtime sheriff Joe Arpaio of metro Phoenix who faithfully supported her husband in his controversial political career yet still managed to be befriended by some of his toughest critics. Arpaio has credited his wife of 63 years for raising their two children while he worked as a federal drug agent in the US, Turkey, and Mexico and supporting him as he served as sheriff for 24 years and became an influential but deeply polarizing figure in immigration enforcement. Ava, who met Joe Arpaio on a blind date when he was a police officer in Washington, walked onto political stages with her husband, rode alongside him in parades, and stumped for him in TV ads. She was a soft-spoken foil to his hard-boiled image—he faced withering criticism about his jail and immigration policies, investigations of political foes and criminal contempt convictions, which former President Donald Trump pardoned late on a Friday night in 2017. Ava Arpaio died of cancer in Phoenix, Arizona on March 21, 2021.

William Emerson ('Bill') Brock 3rd (90):former Tennessee senator who as party chairman revived and broadened the Republican Party machinery after Watergate to pave the way for Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980. Brock voted against the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a representative from Tennessee—a vote he later regretted—but as party leader he became an insistent voice for greater Republican efforts to win over black voters. As chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1977 through ‘81, he clashed with Reagan over the Panama Canal treaties and the site of the '80 national convention. But after winning the nomination, Reagan kept him on as party chairman and later chose him to be US trade representative, then secretary of labor. Brock won the chairmanship of his party at a time when it was demoralized in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the fall of Richard M. Nixon, commanding the allegiance of only 20 per cent of Americans. Brock died of pneumonia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 25, 2021.

Phyllis L. Marchand (81) former mayor of Princeton, New Jersey who became the public face of a deer-culling program that brought protest, ethical debate, and widespread press coverage. Marchand was a public official in Princeton Township for 22 years. She was widely known for her involvement in issues like affordable housing, the arts, social services, women’s rights, Jewish education, and especially land preservation. But it was Princeton’s deer-culling program in 2000 that brought her national attention. Princeton was overrun with white-tailed deer. Their leap in numbers led to hundreds of car collisions and an increase in damage to residential gardens, and homeowners became increasingly nervous about the spread of Lyme disease. The deer felt so at home in Princeton that they took up residence in backyards and were even giving birth on porches. Marchand signed a contract with a wildlife management firm whose sharpshooters shoot deer or lure them into a trap. While the program had the support of many town residents, it infuriated many others, who argued that the practice was barbaric and medieval. Opponents said there were more humane ways to control the herd, such as with fencing, repellents, and birth control, and that the suburbs were no place for sharpshooters. Marchand said those alternative methods were ineffective, impractical, and expensive, and she felt compelled to do something. Other towns were being sued for not acting when they knew there was a problem. Marchand died of lymphoma in Princeton, New Jersey on March 25, 2021.

James R. Mills (93) retired California state legislator from San Diego who never met a streetcar he wouldn’t ride or a historic building he wouldn’t save. In his 22 years as a state Assembly member and state senator, Mills was the author of legislation that created the local trolley system and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The Mills Act, named after him, has been credited with saving thousands of historic residential and commercial buildings in California from destruction by reducing property taxes for owners who preserve them. Mills secured funding to help restore the Old Globe Theater after it burned down in 1978 and steered appropriations for construction of the library at San Diego State and Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College) at UC San Diego. He backed local parks and bikeways, and he did it without turning his political and legislative opponents into enemies. The San Diego native and longtime Coronado resident died of kidney cancer in Bonita, California on March 27, 2021.

Society and Religion

Ruth Schwartz (71) in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when governments and corporations were fighting over personal protective gear, Schwartz foresaw that those she had dedicated her life to—the shelters and agencies serving Los Angeles County’s poorest, would not thrive in that competition. She turned to the companies that donate millions of dollars worth of new goods each year to Shelter Partnership, the LA charity that distributes those goods to organizations serving those in need. Shelter Partnership was able to secure over 1.5 million face masks, 6 semitrucks of hand sanitizer, and other items. As news of Schwartz's death raced through homeless services circles, she was remembered as an activist of empathy and passion, a living link to the formative days of the region’s battle with growing homelessness. Schwartz, who cofounded Shelter Partnership in 1985 and continued to lead it as its sole executive director, died while visiting a friend in Santa Barbara, California on March 26, 2021.


Elgin Baylor (86) for the Los Angeles Lakers, Baylor came along at precisely the right time. Still in Minneapolis, where the George Mikan glory years were well past, they used the No. 1 overall pick in the 1958 draft to get Baylor, after owner Bob Short persuaded him to skip his senior year at Seattle University. The Lakers had just finished a 19-53 season with a team that was old, slow, and drawing poorly at the gate. Baylor was viewed as the team’s best hope for survival. With him earning rookie-of-the-year honors in 1958–59, the Lakers went from last in their division to the Finals. After one more season in Minneapolis, Short moved the club to LA, hoping to cash in on some of the excitement generated by the recently arrived Dodgers. But the city seemed largely unimpressed. At least the team had a selling point in Baylor, a superstar in the making. A fixture on the LA basketball scene as a player, coach, and longtime Clippers executive, he died of natural causes in LA on March 22, 2021.

Bill Gamson (87) sociologist who explored the structure of social movements and whose childhood love of games led him to create one that became an inspiration for the fantasy sports industry. While a young research associate at Harvard, Gamson created what he called the National Baseball Seminar, a simulated game in which each person in his group (originally three) had a budget to draft major leaguers for a team. The players were measured throughout the season based on batting average, runs batted in, earned run average, and wins. When he moved to the University of Michigan in 1962, Gamson recruited about 25 people to his game, including Robert Sklar, a history professor. In 1968, Sklar mentioned it to Daniel Okrent, a student he was advising. Ten years later, Okrent invented the more complex Rotisserie League Baseball, which lets its “owners” make in-season trades. It’s considered the closest ancestor to today’s billion-dollar fantasy sports industry. Gamson died of sarcoma, a type of cancer, in Brookline, Massachusetts on March 23, 2021.

Howard Schnellenberger (87) pipe smoker with a push-broom mustache and a gruff baritone who combined his grandiloquent manner with grandiose visions for football at Miami, Louisville, and Florida Atlantic that caused snickers. At all three schools, Schnellenberger disproved doubters. He revived the sport at Miami and Louisville and started the program at Florida Atlantic during a coaching career that spanned 50 years. He had a career record below .500, but when it came to building, he was a winner. His legacy includes on-campus stadiums at Louisville and Florida Atlantic. He led the Miami Hurricanes to the first of their five national championships in 1983 and coached Louisville to a Fiesta Bowl win over Alabama to cap the ‘90 season, then founded the program at Florida Atlantic and retired as coach after 11 seasons highlighted by back-to-back bowl victories. Everywhere Schnellenberger coached, he envisioned a winning team as a unifying force, the way it was with the ’83 Hurricanes. He died in Boca Raton, Florida on March 27, 2021.

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