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March 20, 2007
SPURGEON C. GROVE, retired General Forman from Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Railroad, died Wednesday, 14 March, at the age of 80, of natural causes at the home of his daughter in Buckeye, AZ. Mr. Grove was born in Glencoe and raised in Monkton. He served during World War II in the Pacific aboard the USS Euryale. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann Grove; sons Spurgeon C. Grove, Jr. of Annapolis and Gary Steven Grove of Fallston; daughters, Terry Roxanne Zacharia of Buckeye, and Barbara Susan Wihlborg of Glendale, AZ; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
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September 28, 2009
MARY ETTA, 69, of Perry Hall, MD, passed away September 26, 2009. Daughter of the late Spurgeon S. and the late Virginia (Jones) Wade. Wife of the late Thomas E. Disney. Loving mother of Thomas M. Disney and his wife Regina. Beloved sister of Phyllis Hanzinikitas, Idell Daniels, Spurgeon E. Wade, Shirley Wade, and Raymond Wade, and grandmother of Lynn Ann Disney and Brian E. Disney. Services will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 12 noon at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main Street, North East, MD. Visitation will begin at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Bay View Cemetery, Bay View, MD. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in care of the funeral home.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 7, 1998
This was the season that pitching became an art form for Jay Spurgeon."Last year I got a feel for it," said Spurgeon, a Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander whose season ended last week with a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to Hagerstown in the Single-A South Atlantic League playoffs."
NEWS
March 20, 2007
SPURGEON C. GROVE, retired General Forman from Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Railroad, died Wednesday, 14 March, at the age of 80, of natural causes at the home of his daughter in Buckeye, AZ. Mr. Grove was born in Glencoe and raised in Monkton. He served during World War II in the Pacific aboard the USS Euryale. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann Grove; sons Spurgeon C. Grove, Jr. of Annapolis and Gary Steven Grove of Fallston; daughters, Terry Roxanne Zacharia of Buckeye, and Barbara Susan Wihlborg of Glendale, AZ; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2000
ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Hargrove hasn't had to perform this kind of arithmetic for most of a decade: What does it mean when games behind are greater than games remaining? The answer, of course, is wait 'til next year ... or 2002. The 65-80 Orioles were officially eliminated from the American League East race last night when they suffered a doubleheader sweep against the Texas Rangers. The common denominator was troubled outings by rookie starting pitchers John Parrish (2-4) and Jay Spurgeon (1-1)
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2000
Returning to his locker yesterday after the Orioles' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, Jay Spurgeon was informed by another rookie, John Parrish, about a team meeting in the shower area. The only instruction given to him was to remove his jacket, a detail that seemed odd but didn't go unheeded. It wasn't until Spurgeon rounded the corner that he understood the motive. A group of players waiting in ambush sprayed him with beer to help celebrate his first major-league victory. "Once I started walking in there, they got me," he said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Though he didn't ask for a demonstration, Orioles pitcher Jay Spurgeon has been reminded of baseball's fickle nature. One year after racing through the minor-league system at a speed better suited for the Daytona 500, he was put on blocks and kept in storage. Spurgeon followed a poor showing in spring training by injuring his left shoulder while diving for a ball at Triple-A Buffalo on July 2. The dislocation ended his season at Rochester, necessitated surgery near the end of the month and pushed him further from the Orioles' plans, with news coming later that he had been taken off the 40-man roster.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2001
TORONTO - The usual pre-game stretching exercises Sunday were spiced up a little for pitcher Jay Spurgeon. They included word that he wouldn't be making his scheduled start for Triple-A Rochester. Something about a promotion to the Orioles. "It was definitely a welcome surprise," he said. "I was five minutes away from pitching." Now he feels a world away from the International League. Making the recall more unexpected was Spurgeon's inability to put together an impressive string of appearances.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2000
The shaving-optional Orioles yesterday took down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 3-2, behind a series of newcomers. Equal attention was paid to their first reaction to something old. For only the second time since the Orioles signed Albert Belle to a five-year, $65 million contract that includes a blanket no-trade clause through 2001, the slump-ridden right fielder was not in the lineup. "I'm just really giving him a day off," said manager Mike Hargrove. "I'm not going to say we won't give him another day off, but I would be surprised if he got another one off the rest of the year."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2000
Four years ago, Jay Spurgeon was struggling at the plate for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His future as an outfielder was not looking promising, so he and his coaches "figured out that I should try the mound. I had a good arm, and I wanted to go pro." That decision has changed his baseball life. No one in the Orioles' farm system is hotter at the moment than the 6-foot-6, 228-pound right-hander, who is living testimony that hard work and dedication can reap dividends. Spurgeon, who tied for the organization lead with 11 victories at Delmarva in 1998, has rebounded with a vengeance from a subpar season with Frederick last summer.
NEWS
February 12, 2006
On February 11, 2006 BETTY L. beloved wife of the late Spurgeon Blizard Sr., devoted mother of Carol Sciscilo, Kathryn Conrad, Pamela Miller and the late Karen Blizard and Spurgeon Blizard Jr., also survived by 5 grandchildren. Friends may call at the CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK P.A, 7110 Sollers Point Rd., on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday 12 noon. Interment Parkwood Cemetery.
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February 7, 2006
On February 5, 2006, SPURGEON St. CLAIR HESS of Fallston, MD. Beloved husband of the late Margaret Windle Hess. Devoted father of Donald St. C. Hess and his wife Susan S. Hess and Carroll W. Hess. Loving brother of Harold B. Hess. Also survived by five grandchildren Kevin S. Hess and his wife Charmian, C. John Hess and his wife Jennifer, Christopher B. Hess, Matthew S. Hess and Amy C. Hess and two great-grandchildren Nicholas S. Hess and Alexis N. Hess. Services will be held in Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Joppa, MD on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be in Goodwill Cemetery, Fallston, MD. Friends may call at the family owned Mc Comas Funeral Home, P.A., Bel Air, MD on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. and at the church Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Those who desire may contribute to Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 1012 Old Joppa Road, Joppa, MD 21085.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Though he didn't ask for a demonstration, Orioles pitcher Jay Spurgeon has been reminded of baseball's fickle nature. One year after racing through the minor-league system at a speed better suited for the Daytona 500, he was put on blocks and kept in storage. Spurgeon followed a poor showing in spring training by injuring his left shoulder while diving for a ball at Triple-A Buffalo on July 2. The dislocation ended his season at Rochester, necessitated surgery near the end of the month and pushed him further from the Orioles' plans, with news coming later that he had been taken off the 40-man roster.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2001
TORONTO - The usual pre-game stretching exercises Sunday were spiced up a little for pitcher Jay Spurgeon. They included word that he wouldn't be making his scheduled start for Triple-A Rochester. Something about a promotion to the Orioles. "It was definitely a welcome surprise," he said. "I was five minutes away from pitching." Now he feels a world away from the International League. Making the recall more unexpected was Spurgeon's inability to put together an impressive string of appearances.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2001
Recent games have not ended for the Orioles with talk of balls and strikes. Yesterday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox before 40,996 at Camden Yards reinforced the belief they must count their bodies after every loss. In need of an extended performance by a starting pitcher, the Orioles instead watched as Josh Towers took a one-hop grounder off the back of his pitching hand during a telling sixth inning. The smash knocked Towers from the game and invited another early entrance by a bullpen that offers no starting point but too often a bitter end. The Orioles trailed 3-2 when Towers left the game, but were down 5-2 after reliever Chuck McElroy had faced his first hitter.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2001
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The field of contenders for a spot in the Orioles' rotation became considerably thinner yesterday when three potential starters were optioned to Triple-A Rochester, improving the chances that Willis Roberts will accompany the team north when spring training ends in two weeks. Jay Spurgeon, Josh Towers and left-hander John Parrish were among the eight cuts made by the Orioles before their game against the Texas Rangers. They were optioned, along with reliever Leslie Brea and infielder Ivanon Coffie.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2001
Recent games have not ended for the Orioles with talk of balls and strikes. Yesterday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox before 40,996 at Camden Yards reinforced the belief they must count their bodies after every loss. In need of an extended performance by a starting pitcher, the Orioles instead watched as Josh Towers took a one-hop grounder off the back of his pitching hand during a telling sixth inning. The smash knocked Towers from the game and invited another early entrance by a bullpen that offers no starting point but too often a bitter end. The Orioles trailed 3-2 when Towers left the game, but were down 5-2 after reliever Chuck McElroy had faced his first hitter.
NEWS
February 12, 2006
On February 11, 2006 BETTY L. beloved wife of the late Spurgeon Blizard Sr., devoted mother of Carol Sciscilo, Kathryn Conrad, Pamela Miller and the late Karen Blizard and Spurgeon Blizard Jr., also survived by 5 grandchildren. Friends may call at the CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK P.A, 7110 Sollers Point Rd., on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday 12 noon. Interment Parkwood Cemetery.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 7, 2001
**** Tim Raines Jr.: Takes a Kodak moment and kicks it up a few notches. Nice PR move by the Orioles. *** Josh Towers: Aided by a more consistent strike zone, Towers is much improved over his debut in Jupiter. Jerry Hairston: Singles, steals a base and cuts down the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth. Jeff Conine: Goes 2-for-4 with a triple and scores the winning run in the eighth. ** Sean Douglass: Two shutout innings in relief of Jay Spurgeon, but allows a hit and walks two. * Jay Spurgeon: If this continues, he'll be fighting to make Triple-A Rochester's rotation.
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By Roch Kubatko | December 9, 2000
The Orioles' 2001 FanFest, a two-day event in past years, will be held on Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. It's being billed as a "day-long celebration of baseball," with players, clinics and exhibits. The event will include interactive games; fan forums with Orioles coaches, front-office executives and media members; baseball card and memorabilia dealers, museum exhibits, and autograph and photo sessions. Fans also will be permitted to tour the Orioles' clubhouse at Camden Yards as part of their admission.
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