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March 1, 1988

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) _ Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn suffered a heart attack related to hardening of the arteries when he collapsed and died at the age of 57, authorities say.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Kuenn’s death was caused by an arteriosclerotic coronary.

Kuenn’s wife, Audrey, found him after he collapsed at their Peoria, Ariz., home Sunday morning.

Kuenn was the American League Rookie of the Year with Detroit in 1953 and won the AL batting crown with a .353 average with the Tigers in 1959. He also played with Cleveland, San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia before retiring as a player in 1966.

The West Allis, Wis., native was named the Associated Press AL Manager of the Year in 1982 when he led the Brewers to their only World Series appearance.

Replaced as manager a year later, he had continued to serve as a scouting consultant for the Brewers organization. Kuenn underwent open heart surgery in 1976 and had his right leg amputated just below the knee in March 1980 after a blood clot cut circulation.


FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots linebacker Don Blackmon, released from a Florida hospital following neck surgery, must now decide whether he will continue to play professional football.

″It will be at least eight weeks for the bone grafts to heal,″ Dr. George W. Sypert, who performed the surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., said Monday when Blackmon left the facility. ″As far as a decision concerning whether Don will continue to play football, that decision hasn’t yet been made.″

Sypert, a neurosurgeon at the University of Florida in Gainesville, removed three discs from Blackmon’s neck during 2 1/2 -hours of surgery last Friday. Bone grafts were performed in the spaces left through the removal of the discs.

Sypert said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Blackmon will wear a neck collar for the next month and a half to prevent the neck area from twisting and turning.

Blackmon, has been a starter at right outside linebacker since 1982, his second year in the National Football League. He suffered the neck injury late in the Los Angeles Raiders-Patriots game at Sullivan Stadium last Nov. 1, and experienced a loss of feeling in both arms and both legs a short time later.

The 29-year-old Blackmon, a former University of Tulsa star, had his best season as a pro in 1984 when he finished with 136 tackles (65 solo), six sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. In 1985, he became the only player in Patriot history to have two safeties in one season, against Green Bay and Tampa Bay.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - The International Olympic Committee wants more information on weather in the cities and towns that bid for future Winter Games.

Calgary staged ″the best ever″ Winter Games, says Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC. But the weather problems that plagued the Games will prompt more critical scrutiny of future bidders for the Winter Olympics.

″We have instructed all (winter sports) federations and national Olympic committees to be more precise in their (weather) reports before the IOC takes its final decision,″ Samaranch told reporters Monday, a day after the Calgary Games ended.

″But I would like to add that with snow sports, you can’t foresee what’s going to happen. We were really lucky to have decided to hold the Olympics over 16 days.″


ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) - The co-captain of the State University College at Oneonta basketball team has been charged with raping another student at his residence earlier this month, according to Oneonta police.

Stephen P. Brumfield, 21, who was charged Monday with first-degree rape, is being held without bail pending his arraignment today in city court.

Brumfield is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a student at his residence on Feb. 7. Police said the woman went to the house to pick up a friend, who was in another part of the building when the incident occurred.

Police said the delay between the victim’s complaint and the arrest occurred because they had to wait for laboratory reports and interview people who may have had knowledge about the case.

Don Flewelling, coach of the Red Dragons, said he has known Brumfield for four years, and has never had a problem with him.

″So, naturally, this is very surprising,″ Flewelling said. ″We’ll just have to wait and see.″

Brumfield, a senior, started at center and averaged 10.9 points per game.

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