Yes, he had his faults. And, yes, there are still questions about how he finagled ownership of the Oakland Raiders, but Al Davis was a football man turned owner.
What is clear is that, no matter the successor, there will be a void. There was no owner who was more involved in the day-to-day decisions of the club than Al Davis.
He modernized the passing game. He made marketing a part of being an owner. He hired minorities to be coaches when other owners refused. Al Davis was, in short, a brilliant man.
Former California state treasurer Matt Fong, a Republican who lost a challenge to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, died Wednesday after a four-year battle with skin cancer.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79. She had recently been hospitalized in Los Angeles, where she was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Bill Alhouse, a longtime assistant baseball coach at Stanford and a member of the college baseball coaches’ Hall of Fame, has died. He was 85.
Chuck Tanner managed the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates and Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970-88.
Pioneering TV cartoon artist Alexander Anderson Jr. – who created Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle the moose and Dudley Do-Right the Canadian mountie – has died at age 90.
Stephen J. Cannell, the voracious writer-producer of dozens of series that included TV favorites “The Rockford Files,” “The A-Team” and “The Commish,” has died at age 69.
From dressing in drag to posing nude for his 80th birthday, Tony Curtis truly was a defiant one.