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Baseball historian Bill Shannon died early on October 26 in a house fire in West Caldwell, N.J. Neighbors reported that Shannon’s 92-year-old mother, Mildred, was rescued through the front door, but Shannon was unable to break the window on the second floor to escape. He was 69 years old.
A veteran sportswriter for the Associated Press and official scorer for decades of Mets and Yankees games, Shannon began as an official scorer for the American League in 1979. He graduated from Columbia University and served in the Army, then served as head of PR for Madison Square Garden from 1965-1973. An editor of The Official Encyclopedia of Tennis of the United States Tennis Association, Shannon was also the author of The Ballparks, a history of major league baseball stadiums.
Michael Raphael “Ray” Sheeran passed away in the care of his family and friends in Cazadero, CA on November 14 after an eight-month battle with Melanoma. He was 54.
A passionate sportsman, Sheeran won many medals and trophies with his local hurling club, Camross, and his county team Laois. He also played rugby with Portlaoise, and soccer with The Pike of Rushall.
Sheeran was born October 23, 1956 in Coolrain, Mountrath, Co. Laois. He emigrated to San Francisco in February 1982 and married Catherine, his wife of 26 years, in San Francisco in 1984. They had known each other from home in Mountrath.
Sheeran played hurling with the Rangers Hurling Club and was a founding member of Na Fianna Hurling Club, which became one of the most successful clubs in North America. Sheeran played his part in winning their first Senior Championship in 1990. He was also a founding member of San Francisco Irish RFC, which subsequently merged with the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club and developed one of the best underage programs in the USA. SFGG Rugby Club has renamed their Home Club and Grounds as The Ray Sheeran Field.
Sheeran is survived by his wife Catherine, their sons Ryan and Eoin and their daughter Maeve, and by his mother Maura, three brothers and four sisters.