In Honor of John Brattain

It is with great sadness to report that John Brattain has passed away. Brattain wrote for a number of websites including Baseball Daily Digest and The Hardball Times.

The thread at Baseball Think Factory shows just how many lives he touched with his quick wit and great outlook on life.

John was my mentor and likely my first loyal reader here at Crashburn Alley. He was always available to talk — about anything whether it’s baseball, writing, or just random things about life. The advice he gave me was indispensable and he’s likely the reason why Joe Hamrahi of Baseball Daily Digest decided to add me to his staff of writers.

Here’s his last note at Baseball Daily Digest:

See ya on the other side…

This will be my last post for a little while–I go under the knife for the ol’ ticker at 7:15 AM Monday. Again, thanks for all the notes and well-wishes; once I’m fixed…er, repaired, I’ll be back with a vengeance. I’ve submitted a column for SMSN Sports that will run next week–beyond that it’s wait-and-see.

My deepest condolences to the Brattain family as well as to anyone that had the privilege of knowing him.

You will be dearly missed, John.

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  1. Ernie

    March 25, 2009 08:55 AM

    I remember when he got FJM’ed, and he took it like a champ. I remember clicking on the ballhype link, where people were shitting on him about Frank Thomas clogging up the basepaths, and he would just answer respectfully, and end every response with Best Regards. Didnt know him, but he seemed like a classy guy. He probably would’ve remembered that the A’s won a postseason series recently, too.

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