Jack Patera and Willie McCovey!

Sports legends Jack Patera and Willie McCovey are both off to that big ballpark of the afterlife (Imagine the parking nightmare!), at ages 85 and 80, respectively! Patera started out as an offensive guard in the NFL with the Colts before switching to linebacker as a rookie, and put in a standard handful of years before retiring due to injury. More memorably, Patera was the first head coach of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976, coaching them to a winning season in their third year of existence and winning Coach of the Year. And yes, Jack Patera is the older brother of wrestling great Ken Patera!

Namesake of the Cove, McCovey was one of the most fearsome power hitters in baseball across his twenty-two big league seasons, amassing 521 home runs, tying him with Ted Williams and Frank Thomas for 20th all-time, and that includes a lot of steroid cheaters! He was in 8th place upon his retirement in 1980! A six-time All-Star and 1969 NL MVP, #44 was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.

Sam picks up her fifth death of the year on Patera, moving her toward the middle 100s, while Mike M. nabs 30 on McCovey, his eighth of the year, moving him past brother Bats for seventh overall! Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Thursday!

 

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