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October 18, 2004

Ray Boone

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Two-time All-Star Ray Boone, patriarch of a three-generation baseball family, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 81.

Boone had been hospitalized for six months with complications following surgery, said his wife, Pat.

Boone played from 1948-60 and was followed into the big leagues by son Bob and grandsons Bret and Aaron. The family was the first to send three generations to the All-Star game.

``We were the first three-generation family,″ Pat Boone said. ``We’re not the only one, but we were the first.″

Boone, an infielder, had a career .275 batting average, with 151 home runs and 737 RBIs. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves and the Boston Red Sox.

He was an All-Star third baseman for Detroit in 1954 and 1956.

Bob Boone played from 1972-90, and Bret Boone broke into the big leagues with Seattle in 1992. Aaron Boone made his debut in 1997.


Robert Anthony Proffitt

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Robert Anthony Proffitt, who spent more than three decades working as a political strategist within Texas’ state government, including as a press secretary, campaign director and fund-raiser for the late Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, died Sunday. He was 61.

Proffitt, who came from Kansas to Texas in 1962 and worked briefly as a photographer and reporter, died of complications from diabetes and cancer at his home near Austin, said longtime friend and colleague Glen Castlebury.

His job as a reporter led to his introduction to politics. He spent a brief time in Washington working for Democratic U.S. Rep. Jake Pickle before returning to Austin in the early 1970s.

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