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• Gerald E. D’Amour, who co-founded the Big Y supermarket chain in 1936 with his older brother Paul, has passed away at age 90. Paul D’Amour died in 1991.

• Bobby Thomson, who hit the home run dubbed the “shot heard round the world” while playing for the New York Giants against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the third game of a three-game playoff to go to the 1951 World Series, died yesterday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 86.

Thomson’s name will be forever linked with that of Ralph Branca, who threw the pitch that Thomson hit. The two men eventually became close friends, attending baseball and memorabilia shows together.
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