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San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, August 19, 2001

Tony Salin
by Chronicle Staff

Bay Area author Tony Salin, whose biographical works focused on baseball's fascinating but often overlooked characters, died July 30. He was 49.

A lifelong fan and indefatigable researcher, Mr. Salin harnessed his deep passion for the game and in 1998 wrote "Baseball's Forgotten Heroes," a collection of anecdotes and biographies of 15 players, including Chuck Connors (TV's "Rifleman"), who played for the Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers in the '40s and '50s. Last year, Mr. Salin's second book, "A Baseball Odyssey," was published.

A San Francisco resident and graduate of San Rafael High, Mr. Salin at the time of his death was working on a book that would have brought public attention to more of baseball's lesser-known players.

A memorial service, tribute and pickup softball game will be held in his honor at Albert Field in San Rafael on Sept. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, e-mail Doug Salin at

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