Virgil Trucks, Former No-Hitter Pitcher, Passes Away

by Phillip Witteveen April 3, 2013

Virgil Trucks, star pitcher during  Red Rolfe’s seasons as manager of the 1949 Detroit Tigers, died on March 23rd at age 95. Trucks, whose fastball earned him the nickname “Fire” Trucks, still came into the Tiger’s 1949 season unready according to Rolfe’s former Yankee high expectations. With a “tendency for wildness,” a predictable set of pitches, and overweight, Rolfe knew Trucks had room for improvement. “Yet when Rolfe came in he knew that Virgil Trucks was one of his main guns. Several people recognized his renewed commitment to a strong pitching performance in 1949,” William Anderson wrote in his introduction […]

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Hanes Walton Jr., U-M professor and co-author of ‘Presidential Elections,’ passes away at 72

by Shaun Manning January 11, 2013

Hanes Walton, Jr., a University of Michigan political science professor and co-author of the landmark Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, passed away Monday at the age of 72. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Walton came to U-M in 1992 after teaching at Savannah State College and Atlanta University. His research focused on African-American politics, and in addition to his book with the Press Walton published several other notable books, including  Invisible Politics: Black Political Behavior, American Political Parties, The Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King. Jr., When the Marching Stopped: The Politics of Civil Rights Regulatory Agencies, and the two-volume The African American […]

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Ruby Cohn, renowned theater and Beckett scholar and UM Press author, dies at 89

by University of Michigan Press October 25, 2011

Ruby Cohn, renowned theater scholar and specialist on the work of Samuel Beckett, died in Oakland, California on October 18 at the age of 89. Cohn was the author of many influential books, including A Beckett Canon, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2001. The obituary below is excerpted from a longer version by her former student Elin Diamond, Professor of English at Rutgers University. See the New York Times obit here. Ruby Cohn was Professor of Comparative Drama at the University of California, Davis where, for thirty years, she was a member of the Comparative Literature, Theater, […]

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