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Opinion A final pass for Mr. Ferry

Former Washington Bullets general manager Bob Ferry in Portsmouth, Va., in 2017. Ferry died on Oct. 27.
Former Washington Bullets general manager Bob Ferry in Portsmouth, Va., in 2017. Ferry died on Oct. 27. (Timothy C. Wright/For the Washington Post)

Regarding John Feinstein’s Oct. 29 Sports column, “Bullets’ Ferry built champs, one treasured laugh at a time,” about the death of former Bullets general manager Bob Ferry:

Old-school D.C. sports fans will remember Mr. Ferry for putting together the first of any of the local pro sports teams to win a championship in our lifetimes.

The key, as Mr. Feinstein correctly noted — my brother Sam made the same point during that 1978 championship run — was the signing of small forward Bob Dandridge. “Bobby D.,” as we called him back in the day, was a clutch, improvisational midrange shooter who was the perfect front-line complement to the rebounding and passing of center Wes Unseld and the prolific scoring and shot blocking of power forward Elvin Hayes.

Following the Bullets’ humiliation a few years earlier at the hands of Rick Barry and the Golden State Warriors — not to mention years of Senators futility and football disappointments — that first D.C. championship was a truly special event that finally made a believer out of this prematurely jaded sports fan.

RIP, Mr. Ferry, and thanks for the wonderful memories.

Warren Ferster, Washington

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