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RIP Ben Davidson

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HanSenSE, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Perhaps the original renegade Raider.

  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    RIP to a fantastic, fearsome force.

    And here's the NYT NYT's AP obit:

    Edited to fix glaring error. :-\
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Or, in all fairness, the Associated Press obit.
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    While the obit mentions his brief dabble in acting, I'll always remember that he was on the very short-lived "Ball Four" TV series (I think it lasted four episodes) in about 1976 -- which was about a year after I read the book. Davidson played a bug catcher modeled I think as a cross between Jim Pagliaroni and Jerry McNertney. His character's name was Rhino. Because of the book I so looked forward to the TV show, but it was really awful.

    And while looking up that show tonight I discovered something I never would have guessed: The opening theme song to that show was done by Harry Chapin.

  5. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Oops. Sorry.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    There are plenty of photos of Davidson abusing Joe Namath. This one is my favorite.

    RIP Big Ben.

    I did not know - played a bouncer in "Behind the Green Door."
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Never heard of it. What was the plot?
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I'll always remember him as a regular on the greatest fake sport show ever.

  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Bouton wrote in Ball Five (a 10-year anniversary bonus-chapter followup) that Davidson's character was based on pitcher Gene Brabender. Bouton even suggested Brabender try out for the role, which he did, but didn't get it because he didn't seem as large and fearsome on the stage.
  10. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I'll never forget that late hit on Len Dawson, which triggered an all-out brawl.
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

    far from the original, but damn, he sure did it well.
  12. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Yeah. IIRC, it was Otis Taylor who first came in swinging. RIP.
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