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May 4, 1999

COUSHATTA, La. (AP) _ Joe Adcock, who broke up baseball’s longest no-hitter and shares the major league record of four homers in one game, died Monday at age 71.

The first baseman came to the majors in 1950 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in 1953.

On July 31, 1954, Adcock had the most productive game in history, hitting four homers and a double for a record 18 total bases as the Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. At the time, he was the fifth player in the modern era to homer four times in a game. Five players have done so since.

Adcock played on the Braves’ World Series championship team in 1957 and National League pennant winner in 1958. His best season was 1956, when he hit 38 of his 336 career homers.

Adcock was perhaps best known for turning a perfect game into a loss for Pittsburgh’s Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, at Milwaukee.

Haddix retired the first 36 batters he faced _ 12 perfect innings. In the 13th, Adcock homered with two players on base to end the no-hitter and win the game. The score was listed as 1-0 because Adcock inadvertently passed Hank Aaron on the base paths.

In 1963, Adcock moved to the Cleveland Indians and finished his playing career with the California Angels. He managed the Indians in 1967.

Steve Chiasson

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Steve Chiasson, a hockey player for the Carolina Hurricanes, died Monday when his truck flipped over, hours after his team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was 32.

The truck rolled and ejected Chiasson, who was not wearing a seat belt and had been driving alone, investigators said. He was found in north Raleigh, and the State Highway Patrol says he might have been speeding after drinking alcohol.

Hours earlier in Boston, the Bruins ended the Hurricanes’ season with a 2-0 victory in Game 6. On Friday night, Chiasson scored the first goal in a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Bruins.

He spent eight years with the Detroit Red Wings, was traded to the Calgary Flames in 1994 and in 1997 to what then was the Hartford Whalers.

Chiasson played in his first NHL All-Star game in 1993. At Calgary, he was rated second among Flames’ defensemen in scoring in 1995-96.

Claudette Henry

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Claudette Henry, who was state treasurer when a multimillion-dollar scandal rocked her office in the early 1990s, died Sunday of scleroderma. She was 52.

The scandal involved $6.7 million in overcharges and kickbacks on the trading of nearly $1.7 billion in U.S. securities.

No charges were filed against Ms. Henry, who was defeated in the 1994 Republican primary in a bid for re-election.

Patricia Whitehead, the treasurer’s chief trader, and William Pretty, a Norman businessman, were convicted on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. Mrs. Whitehead was given a nine-year sentence. Pretty was sentenced to eight years and one month in 1995. Both are serving their time in federal prisons.

Patrick Kuhse, a Planners associate, fled to Costa Rica shortly before a federal grand jury indicted him in September 1994. He was returned to Oklahoma in 1997 and last year was sentenced to a 71-month prison term. He was also was ordered to repay $3.9 million.

Mrs. Whitehead was accused of funneling state investments to Kuhse’s San Diego, Calif., firm in 1991 and 1992 so the broker could collect nearly $4 million in commissions. Kuhse then paid more than $1 million to Pretty and Mrs. Whitehead.

Ms. Henry, a Republican from Oklahoma City, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1986. She was elected treasurer in 1990.

Richard Frank Pittman Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Richard Frank ``Red″ Pittman Jr., whose 44-year career at The Tampa Tribune began as a $50-a-week assistant controller and ended as publisher in 1990, died Saturday. He was 76.

The cause of death was unknown.

As publisher, Pittman made it a point to know the full names of everyone who worked for him _ from the pressroom to the newsroom to the boardroom. His recognizable Southern greeting was: ``How you?″

Pittman once said that the toughest call of his career was closing The Tampa Times, the city’s afternoon newspaper owned by the Tribune Co.

He left the newspaper in 1990.

Survivors include his wife Dada; a son, a daughter, a sister and six grandchildren.

Joseph Rosenblatt

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Joseph Rosenblatt, a Utah philanthropist who was decorated by the French government, died Sunday at age 96.

Rosenblatt served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 1965 to 1974, which made him the longest-serving director in the U.S. Federal Reserve System from the corporate community.

Rosenblatt became director of Eimco Corp. in the 1930s and turned the Salt Lake company into the largest manufacturer of rock loaders for underground mining. Before he resigned in 1964, he expanded Eimco into a leading maker of processing equipment for metallurgical, chemical, food, paper and wastewater-treatment industries.

After leaving Eimco, he dedicated much of his life to philanthropic works, focusing on higher-education programs at the University of Utah and in Israel, and Holy Cross and University Hospitals.

In 1955, he received the prestigious Knight of the French Legion of Honor for his contributions to mechanized mining. The following year, he was given the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for promoting trade relations between France and the United States.

Joyce Anderson Valdez

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Joyce Anderson Valdez, an ardent supporter and fund-raiser for the Republican party, died Wednesday after a long illness. She was 70.

Ms. Valdez, who once served as state GOP finance director, organized events from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s that raised more than $100 million for Republican candidates, including Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George Bush, Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, and Bob Dole.

Ms. Valdez often used celebrities to draw supporters to events, including Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton. When he was governor, Reagan appointed Ms. Valdez commissioner of the state’s Industrial Welfare Board.

She also was an avid golfer and became a nationally top-ranked amateur in the sport.

James H. Whittam

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ James H. Whittam, president and chief executive of Shaklee Companies, died April 15 of cancer. He was 49.

A scientist and businessman, Whittam established Yamanouchi Shaklee Pharma, the pharmaceutical division of Shaklee Corp., to develop drug delivery systems. He has served as CEO of Shaklee for 10 years.

Whittam joined Shaklee in 1978, serving as manager of several research divisions and director of research until he left the company in 1984. He then worked at Procter & Gamble, overseeing the transition of Vidal Sassoon products into a separate division.

Whittam returned to San Francisco-based Shaklee in 1987 as senior vice president for research and development of new products. When the Japanese firm Yamanouchi acquired Shaklee, he was named president and CEO of the Shaklee Companies in 1989.

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