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Legendary Cleveland bleacher drummer, John Adam's, has passed away at 71.  He sat in the bleachers and drummed for the Indians for almost every home game from 1973 to 2019.

The pandemic caused him to stop, then health problems.

He was inducted into the Cleveland baseball HoF as a non-uniformed team member, even tho he was never on the Cleveland payroll.

A a Cleveland  baseball fan, This loss hurts.

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Sports connections:  Herb Kohl's roommate at the University of Wisconsin was Bud Selig.  Kohl was one of the investors in the group that brought the Seattle Pilots, now the Brewers, to Milwaukee.  Kohl bought the Milwaukee Bucks in 1985 for nearly $20 million to keep them in Milwaukee and he sold them in 2014 for $550 million.  At that time he pledged $100 million for their new arena.  He also donated $25 million for the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin, the arena for men's and women's basketball and men's hockey.  The $25 million was approximately one-third of the total cost.  Herb Kohl was a great philanthropist, contributing millions to schools and scholarship programs, and many other organizations.  He was a multimillionaire who was always viewed in Wisconsin as just a regular guy.  Sports fans in Wisconsin owe him a great deal.

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Willie Mays retired a few years before I was born, so I only saw him play in person in a couple of old-timers games before the regularly scheduled games.  I should look to see if I have a program to see who all took part.  (There was one that was a 25th anniversary "rematch" of the 1962 World Series with the Yankees.  They played a few innings before re-creating the 9th inning, where this time Willie McCovey hit a long foul just as he did in '62, but then hit a pop-up that the Yankee pitcher dropped on purpose to let the Giants win that time.)

My father did see him play.  He was at the game where Juan Marichal hit John Roseboro with a bat.  He remembers that when most players were brawling, my grandma pointed out Willie Mays taking a towel to Mr. Roseboro to try to help him with the bleeding.  RIP.

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I missed the other information in the link about two other people in the vehicle being killed also.  

My condolences to their families as well.

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