Wednesday, December 17, 2008

R.I.P., “Slingin’” Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh, who set numerous Washington Redskins passing records, dies

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Sammy Baugh, who set numerous passing records with the Washington Redskins in an era when NFL teams were running most every down, died Wednesday night, his son said.

Baugh, who was 94 and had numerous health issues, died at Fisher County Hospital in Rotan, David Baugh said.

David Baugh said his father had battled Alzheimer's and dementia for several years. He had been ill recently with kidney problems, low blood pressure and double pneumonia.

"It wasn't the same Sam we all knew," his son told The Associated Press. "He just finally wore out."

Sammy may been a better performer on the gridiron than in front of a motion-picture camera, but his starring Republic serial, King of the Texas Rangers (1941), is still one of the best and most exciting chapter-plays to emanate from the famed B-picture studio that specialized in westerns and cliffhangers...

R.I.P., Sammy. You will be missed.

(A doff of the TDOY chapeau to Laughing Gravy over In the Balcony.)

1 comment:

Bill Crider said...

Sorry to hear of the loss of this great Texan.