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Bill Shannon, RIP

We conclude our blogging day with a tribute to Bill Shannon, who died in a house fire early Tuesday morning.

Shannon, who was 69, was one of those colorful, behind-the-scenes characters who enrich the sports world even though most fans don't know them.

New York-area sportswriters - especially ones that cover baseball - expressed shock and dismay over the news on Twitter.

I didn't know Bill as well as some scribes, what with me spending most of my time in the basement in recent years, but he always was an interesting and personable fellow.

Shannon was a regular as an official scorer at New York baseball games, famously calling out pitching lines with his booming, distinctive voice, and several years ago published a short but minutely detailed book about the history of scoring.

It was not easy reading, but I read it anyway because I knew it was one of a kind, like Bill himself.

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