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Nuke Laloosh of Bull Durham fame dead at 80

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Steve Dalkowski, a towering figure in minor-league lore whose legendary arm strength was matched only by his lack of command, died earlier this week, his family announced. He was 80.


The left-handed hurler’s storied career in the minors inspired the character of “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, in the 1988 film “Bull Durham.”

Dalkowski died Sunday at a hospital in New Britain, Conn., of complications arising from a COVID-19 infection and a preexisting battle with dementia, his sister said.

He is best known for an oft-errant fastball, which, if contemporary accounts are to be believed, approached or even exceeded 110 mph.


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