Bill Butland, a Boston Red Sox pitcher i
Bill Butland, a Boston Red Sox pitcher i
The Associated Press
Sep. 23, 1997
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ Bill Butland, a Boston Red Sox pitcher in the 1940s and onetime roommate of slugger Ted Williams, died Friday. He was 79.
Butland appeared in 23 games and was 7-1 in his only full season in the majors in 1942, when he roomed with the future Hall of Famer. He compiled a 9-3 career record in 32 appearances with the Red Sox.
Butland entered the Army after that season and played briefly with Boston in 1946 and 1947 before working as a pipefitter and machinist.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) _ Matt Christopher, author of the best-selling ``Lucky Baseball Bat'' and other children's books, died Saturday of brain tumors. He was 80.
Christopher wrote 120 sports books for children and scores of short stories for magazines and journals. ``Lucky Baseball Bat'' was published in 1954.
Kathy Keeton Guccione
NEW YORK (AP) _ Kathy Keeton Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine in the United States along with her husband and later helped found Omni magazine, died Friday. She was 58.
The cause was complications from surgery to remove an obstruction in her digestive tract, said Jackie Markham, a spokeswoman for General Media, the magazine's publisher. Ms. Keeton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995.
Ms. Keeton was president and chief operating officer of General Media Communications Inc., which publishes several magazines and runs other media operations on the Internet.
Raised on a farm in South Africa and trained as a ballet dancer, she became one of Europe's highest-played strippers. She met Bob Guccione in London when she was in her 20s and soon began selling advertising for General Media as one of the company's first employees.
In 1969, the couple brought Penthouse to the United States. Ms. Keeton co-founded the science magazine Omni in 1979 and the health magazine Longevity in 1989. She also wrote two books, ``Longevity: The Science of Staying Young,'' published in 1992, and 1985's ``Woman of Tomorrow.''
She fought publicly to win trial tests for the cancer drug hydrazine sulfate, which she believed had extended her life. She first read about the drug in one of her own publications.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Keeton is survived by five stepchildren, a brother, an uncle and three cousins.
Ernest J. Parham
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Ernest J. Parham, whose testimony 71 years after a massacre of blacks in Rosewood helped survivors collect compensation, died of a stroke Saturday. He was 93.
Parham was a witness to five days of violence that wiped out the black community in northern Florida in 1923. As an 18-year-old, Parham stumbled across a white mob stringing a black man, Sam Carter, from a tree in an attempt to gain information about the alleged rape of a white woman.
Someone in the mob shot and killed Carter, triggering the violence that destroyed the community of about 120 people. At least six blacks and two whites died. Almost every building was burned.
Survivors fought a legal battle that ended in 1995 when the Legislature voted to pay nine survivors $2 million. Parham testified at hearings in 1994 that led lawmakers to pass a precedent-setting compensation plan.
PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) _ Eddie Sawyer, manager of the Philadelphia Phillies ``Whiz Kids'' team that won the National League pennant in 1950, died Monday at 87.
Hired as Phillies manager in 1948, his young team won the pennant two years later before being swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series. He was fired during the 1952 season with the team mired in fifth place.
After working as a golf ball salesman, he returned as manager in 1958.
His second stint was even shorter than his first. After losing the first game of the 1960 season, he called it quits, saying: ``I'm 49 years old and I want to live to be 50.''
Sawyer ranks fifth among Phillies managers with 390 victories. He is the only one to serve two terms.
Raymond L. Spangler
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Raymond L. Spangler, a veteran San Francisco area journalist and publisher of the now-defunct Redwood City Tribune, died Sunday after breaking a hip. He was 93.
Spangler also served from 1951 to 1961 on The Associated Press board of directors and was second vice president of the board from 1960 to 1961. Five years later, he served as president of Sigma Delta Chi, the national journalism organization now known as the Society of Professional Journalists, leading the fight to admit women.
Spangler began his career with a newspaper he wrote by hand on butcher paper and passed around at his high school in south San Francisco.
He went to work at the South San Francisco Enterprise during Prohibition, writing stories supporting municipal reform at a time when bootleggers were a force in San Mateo County.
Spangler later became courthouse reporter for the Redwood City Tribune, writing his ``Under the Courthouse Dome'' column for 32 years.
He interrupted his career for a year to serve in the Army on the eve of World War II. He became editor and publisher of the Tribune, relinquishing the role of editor in 1945. Spangler retired at 65.
The paper he headed no longer exists. Peninsula Newspapers Inc., which owned the Tribune and two other local publications, was sold to the Chicago Tribune in 1976. The Redwood City Tribune was merged with the Palo Alto Times to create the Peninsula Times Tribune. That paper ceased publication four years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Nita Spangler, two sons, three daughters and five grandchildren.