It was 5:15 p.m. when ESPN said that [Don Drysdale] "reportedly" had died in his sleep in his Montreal hotel room. A sports ticker picked up ESPN's report, and then other news outlets-Channel 4, KFWB and CNN among them-began putting out bulletins.
Third base coach Joe Amalfitano told [Eric Tracy]: "When you talked with Don, you forgot he was a superstar. He was just Don."
Roy Firestone had a nice tribute to Drysdale on his "Up Close" program Monday. Particularly moving was a segment with Drysdale and [Ann Meyers] a few years ago.