Obituaries in the News
For many years, Sakowitz was the overnight sports supervisor, editing and filing copy for afternoon papers and directing story coverage in bureaus across the country and around the world.
An all-city first baseman at New York's Far Rockaway High School, he once had a tryout with the New York Giants.
Sakowitz turned to journalism instead, becoming sports editor of the Peninsula Press and the Rockaway Observer, two weekly publications in New York City. He also was a columnist for Baseball Parade, a publication printed in California and sold to subscribers through the mail.
Sakowitz came to The AP in 1948 and joined the sports department four years later, helping organize a new agate service that maintained baseball statistics and created features such as "Major League Leaders" and "The Top 10" lists that became staples for daily newspapers.
He then became a desk editor, assigned to file overnight copy, a job that made him the voice of AP Sports in the early morning hours. A genial man, he developed friendships all over the country.
Sakowitz underwent heart bypass surgery in 1991 and retired in 1994.
Alfred "Alf" Valentine
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) - Alfred "Alf" Valentine, whose left-handed spinning helped popularize West Indies cricket in the 1950s, died Tuesday after a long illness, a family spokeswoman said. He was 74.
Paired with Sonny Ramadhin, Valentine helped the West Indies capture its first ever victory in England in the 1950s. The duo inspired a popular Calypso song, "Those little pals of mine - Ramadhin and Valentine."
Valentine was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1951. He played his last test match in 1962 and later served as the national coach of Jamaica along with J.K. Holt.
Valentine retired to Florida, where he had a second career as a youth counselor in Orlando.
© 2004 The Associated Press