Sunday, June 24, 2007


Appropos to nothing college football, but Rod Beck died Saturday at the age of 38.

"Shooter" Beck was the closer for the Cubs in the 1998 wild-card race, the kind of guy who would pitch until his arm fell off and then ask for the arm to be surgically re-attached so he could throw another inning.

He saved 51 games in '98, equaling the number of games that had been saved in the history of the Cubs. (Sadly, probably only a slight exaggeration.) And he might have been the scariest looking player in the history of baseball.

One of his less intimidating looks.

More personally, he will always be remembered by C&F as part of one of the most magical, and at times downright odd, seasons in Cubs history.

Condolences, of course, to family and friends.

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