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MARK BAVIS

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Mark Lawrence Bavis was born March 13, 1970 in Roslindale.  He was an American Hockey League left-winger.  He started his career playing hockey for the Boston University Terriers from 1990 to 1993.  He was "a great defensive forward and a real smart playmaker," said his coach, Jack Parker.  The coach used Mark and his twin brother, Mike, as a team to kill penalties. "The Bavi, we called them," Mr. Parker said. "They were always together."  Mike Bavis, an assistant to Mr. Parker, agreed. "We were very close," he said. "But we were competitive."  After graduation, he played for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League and the South Carolina Stingrays in the East Coast Hockey League. Mr. Bavis eventually became a scout for the Los Angeles Kings.  On the morning of September 11, 2001 he flew out to Los Angeles to attend training camp where he would be checking on the progress of players the team drafted on his advice.  Mark was one of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 175 during the September 11th attacks.  He is the namesake of the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation.  

GEORGE FAIR

George T. Fair (January 13, 1856 – February 12, 1939) was a Major League Baseball second baseman, playing one game for the New York Mutuals in 1876. The 20 year old Fair failed to get a hit in four at-bats in his lone big-league contest on July 29, then was dropped by the club. Later that season, he turned up with Rhode Island's club of the New England League, then faded into obscurity. Born in Boston, Fair died in Roslindale, Massachusetts in 1939 at the age of 83. (At the time of his death, Fair was the last living member of the Mutuals National League franchise, which was expelled from the NL after the 1876 season.)  The first baseball encyclopedia, Hy Turkin and S. C. Thompson's Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball (first published in 1951), did not list Fair. Instead, his brief accomplishments were credited to Edward L. Thayer; later references rectified this and Fair was given his rightful place in baseball history. (Whoever came up with Fair's pseudonym may have been thinking of Ernest Thayer, who wrote the famous baseball poem Casey at the Bat.)

SKIP LOCKWOOD

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Claude Edward (Skip) Lockwood Jr. was born August 17, 1946 in Roslindale, MA. He is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. Mr. Lockwood pitched for the Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970–1973), California Angels (1974), New York Mets (1975–1979) and Boston Red Sox (1980). He attended Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, earned 14 Varsity letters in 4 years.  He was a third baseman when he signed with the Kansas City Athletics out of high school in 1964 as an amateur free agent. The scout representing the Athletics came to the Lockwood home with a $35,000 contract. Lockwood said that he needed to make one change before signing, and brashly added a "1" in front of the contract amount, changing the number to $135,000. The scout was understandably nervous, and asked to use the Lockwood's phone to call Athletics' owner Charlie Finley. Finley spoke to Lockwood directly, asking why he should give Lockwood the money. "Because I'll make you a winner", said Lockwood. The scout went back on the phone, and Finley approved the higher amount.  Lockwood signed with the Boston Red Sox for the 1980 season, going 3–1 and making one start. The following Spring, he was released by the Red Sox, and retired shortly afterwards.  Lockwood was the last of the original Seattle Pilots to play for the Brewers, being traded to the California Angels prior to the 1974 season.  Lockwood has two master's degrees, one from Fairfield, and the other from MIT.  He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a S.M. in 1983. He is one of the few MIT graduates who have played Major League Baseball. Lockwood was also an accomplished candlepin bowler.  In 2018, Lockwood released a memoir entitled "Insight Pitch," which he wrote without using a ghostwriter.

CHARLIE RUGG

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Charlie Rugg was born in Roslindale on October 2, 1990.  He began playing soccer at Boston College from 2009-20012.  In 2013, he began his Major League Soccer career as a Forward with the Los Angeles Galaxy where he played against Real Salt Lake and scored his first professional goal in the 13th minute.   On March 22, 2014 Rugg was sent down to the LA Galaxy II, the reserve side of the Galaxy, and played in the sides first USL Pro match against the Orange County Blues. He started the match and scored the first goal in Galaxy II history in the 40th minute.  Rugg was loaned to Indy Eleven for the rest of the NASL season on October 1, 2014. He made his debut on October 4, 2014 against the New York Cosmos and scored his first goal against San Antonio Scorpions on October 18, 2014 which earned him Play of the Week honors. Over the course of his loan, he started and played 90 minutes in all five games he was available for the team getting three wins and two draws in those matches.  On March 18, 2015, Rugg rejoined Indy Eleven on a season-long loan. Rugg's MLS contract was not renewed by the LA Galaxy following the 2015 season.  He signed with Eintracht Trier 05 in February 2016 and scored twice in his debut against FC Homburg.

Trivia Note:  Rugg began his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy just as star British forward David Beckham ended his Galaxy career.

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