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04-16-2013, 01:21 PM
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Lionel Conacher Obituary Tribute 1954

Lionel Conacher Obituary, Tribute 1954:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6828%2C5093900

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Well isnt that interesting, the guy for all intensive purposes died on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa playing baseball! I had no idea. Thanks for posting this C58.... sounds like he'd had a heart attack prior to going up to bat in the 6th, knocked out a basic double but like a lot of guys like that pushed the envelope & went for the triple, which he managed to pull off. Last words at just 52; "Were getting old" & then BAM!. Over & out.... Quite the fascinating & interesting life, growing up in basically poverty, extended & large family, his athletic abilities in multiple sports (Boxing, Rugby, Baseball, Football, Track & Hockey) a ticket out. Interesting that he'd turned down some serious money to turn pro with the Toronto St. Pats ($3000) & Montreal ($5000 & sponsorship to set him up in business), instead heading to PA with a bunch of his hockey playing & sportsmen buddies to attend University, retain his amateur status. When his Pittsburgh Hornets went pro & joined the NHL, he went along for the ride, scoring that clubs first goal, playing for them for 2 seasons before being traded to New York with Bootlegger Billy Dwyers Americans, where apparently he developed quite the drinking problem, his wife having a child & a trade to the Maroons straightening that out... yep. Interesting character was Lionel Big Train Conacher. Voted Canadas' Top Athlete 1st 1/2 of the 20th Century.

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Lionel's son Brian wrote in his book that it was a brain aneurysm that killed his father.

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Early in the game, he was hit on the side of the head by an errant pitch. After a brief delay, the game resumed, and my father continued to play. Later in the game, he stretched a single into a triple, but when he got to third base he slumped over and died, apparently from a heart attack. In reality, he had had an aneurysm, probably precipitated by the blow to the head. Cause of death was left as a heart attack, so no one would feel bad about the accident.

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Interesting. Adds' a bit of intrigue, makes a statement. Pretty classy.

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