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RIP, Ryne Duren

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Former MLB pitcher best known for a blazing fastball, Coke-bottle glasses and a drinking problem that undermined his career.


  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Who knows how great he might have been if it hadn't been for his drinking. To his credit, he sobered up and did great work counseling other alcoholics.

  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Was the inspiration for not only the spelling of Ryne Sandberg's name, but also the movie characters Rick Vaughn and Nuke Laloosh.


    My dad was a Yankee fan growing up, and Duren was one of the guys he always spoke of in reverential terms.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Nice obit in the Times:


    Looks like he wrote a couple of books about baseball and alcoholism:


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