retail news in context, analysis with attitude

•  Al Kaline, who played for the Detroit Tigers for 22 years, becoming a first ballot Hall of Famer with  3,007 career hits, 399 home runs and 10 Gold Glove awards, has passed away at age 85.

The New York Times writes that Kaline "became the youngest batting champion in major league history in 1955 when he hit .340 at age 20."


•  Honor Blackman, who first achieved fame as Cathy Gale in the second and third seasons of the British TV series, "The Avengers," and then reached icon status as Pussy Galore in the third James Bond film, Goldfinger, has passed away.  She was 94.


•  James Drury, who played the title role on "The Virginian," a TV series that ran from 1962 to 1971 - making it, at nine seasons, the third-longest running western series after "Gunsmoke" (20 seasons) and "Bonanza" (14 seasons) - has passed away.  He was 85.