DIED: Former Chicago White Sox Pitcher MONTY STRATTON, 70, who is best remembered for his attempted comeback after the amputation of his right leg; of cancer; in Greenville, Texas. Stratton had a five-year (1934-38) record of 36-23 for Chicago before losing his leg below the knee in a rabbit-hunting accident on Nov. 27, 1938. Eight years later, at age 34, he startled the baseball world by returning to pitch professionally and winning 18 games for Sherman, in the Class-C East Texas League. He played one more season before retiring and selling the rights to his life story to Hollywood. Jimmy Stewart played the title role in The Stratton Story.
Harness Racing Hall of Famer RALPH N. BALDWIN, 66, considered by many experts to have been one of the most skilled developers of trotters in harness racing history; of cardiac failure; in Pompano Beach, Fla. Baldwin drove 1,146 winners, earned $5.5 million in purses and trained three Hambletonian winners, Diller Hanover (1959), Speedy Scot (1963) and Flirth (1973).
Former Chicago Bear and Los Angeles Ram Linebacker (1952-66) BILL GEORGE, 51, who captained the 1963 Bears' championship team; of injuries sustained in a three-car accident; in Rockford, Ill. In 1974 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.