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Elephant Rumblings: Chester Farrow, longtime A’s scoreboard operator, dies at age 77

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Memorial Day weekend came and went, and for the first time in over a century it was not accompanied by baseball. Still, a peaceful day with no social obligations isn’t the worst way to spend this particular holiday, giving us a chance to slow down and do the actual memorializing for which it’s intended. I hope your day went well and that many heroes were remembered fondly.

Unfortunately, in the world of Oakland A’s baseball, the family suffered a recent loss of their own. The team announced on Monday the death of longtime scoreboard operator Chester Farrow, who had held that post for over 50 years. In their tweet, they referred to him as “the life of the control room.”

Farrow had been mired in “a long battle with cancer,” reports Jim Harrington of the Mercury News. He was 77 years old. Click that link to read the full obituary by Harrington, all about Farrow’s life as a teacher and concert promoter. (Aside: Farrow taught at my high school, Monte Vista in Danville, but retired the year before I arrived there in 1999.)

“Chet” Farrow started working for the A’s in 1969, keeping score for nearly their entire tenure in Oakland to date. His impact can be clearly observed in the reactions of some prominent media members.

Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle called him “just about the coolest person on the press level at the Coliseum” and said he was her “favorite person to see in the elevator after games.” Radio voice Ken Korach remembered that Farrow “stopped by our booth before every game. Always with a smile and usually with a bag of candy.” John Hickey of Sports Illustrated noted that he “supplied a [seemingly] endless bounty of good cheer on a daily basis.”

Athletics Nation wishes the best to Farrow’s family.

On the brighter side, the weekend also brought a piece of encouraging news: Japan’s NBP league will open its 2020 season on June 19, though with no fans in the stands for now. For all the details on their plan, scroll down to the MLB News section and click the link for Kaz Nagatsuka of the Japan Times.

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