Baseball Crank
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June 14, 2004
BLOG: Wiley Passes On

ESPN reports the sudden death of Ralph Wiley, the Page 2 columnist and former regular on the Sports Reporters. Wow. Wiley was 52 and in apparent good health, and his heart just gave out on him. One bit of trivia I didn't know: Wiley coined the term "Billy Ball" for Billy Martin's hustling 1980 A's. Regular readers will recall that I've been no fan of Wiley, although he and Bill Simmons had played off each other quite well in some recent joint efforts, including a chat room session just last week. Say this much: Wiley won't be easily replaced or replicated.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:18 PM | Blog 2002-05 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

I was no fan of Wiley’s writings either, but his death is sad and unexpected news. Prayers to his friends and family.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at June 14, 2004 6:24 PM

Ouch, so young.
One of those cases where I felt bad about not being able to say I was a fan......such a shame.

Posted by: Ricky at June 14, 2004 10:51 PM

I always enjoyed reading his columns and getting all fired up over how much I disagreed with him.

Posted by: Zach at June 16, 2004 11:47 AM
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