The ever-changing Days/Stories of our lives:Dick Williams gone at 82 and John Mackey leaves too soon at 69

Posted by Andy Durham on July 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

Dick Williams was only in Oakland with the A’s for say three or four years, but he won back-to-back World Series with the Athletics in the early 70’s and who can ever forget that talented group of players that wore the Green and Gold with North Carolina’s own, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, “The Straw the stirs the Drink” Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi, Bert “Campy” Campaneris, Sal Bando, Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue, John “Blue Moon” Odom, Kenny Holtzman and many more Oakland A’s….That was a team of teams, back when Dick Williams was running that club….

Williams also managed in Boston, San Diego, Montreal and other stops along the way and he took the Red Sox, Padres and the A’s, all to the World Series……

Dick Williams gone, but never to be forgotten……

Same can be said for the Baltimore Colts all-time great tight end, John Mackey…..Many feel, that Mackey was the best Tight End to ever play the game of football and he died on Thursday in Baltimore, at the age of 69…..Speaking of gone, but not forgotten, Mackey forgot so much in the end, that is almost a total shame…..He suffered severely from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and they helped contribute/lead to his defeat/death…..

That #88 was one of the most imposing figures to ever play the game and with Johnny Unitas, John Mackey, Tom Matte, Don McCauley, Lydell Mitchell and others, the Colts were a team that made a huge statement in the late 60’s and early 70’s……

Thank-you Dick Williams(always to remembered as an Oakland A) and John Mackey(forever a Baltimore Colt), for the impact you made on the “Days of Our Lives”……..


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