Monday, April 29, 2013

Brad "The Animal" Lesley Gone Too Soon

Brad Lesley was one of baseball's all-time characters. One of those guys that you didn't like if he was on the opposing team. Lesley's big league career lasted only four years, but his intensity on the mound left an indelible mark. The 6'6" right-handed passed away over the weekend due to kidney failure.

Lesley's ex-wife Chiho Svimonoff told TMZ that Lesley had been living in a nursing home and was given dialysis regularly. He was just 54-years of age.

Here's a short clip of Lesley's reaction when he retired a batter and an imitation by Nolan Ryan  when Houston pitcher struck out one of Lesley's Cincinnati Reds teammates.

After his playing career ended, Lesley went into acting. He appeared in eight films including "Mr Baseball" with Tom Selleck, and "Little Big League".

My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

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