Winthrop Win Felton Bates, 64 years of age, was stricken with a heart condition at the Thayer Public Library in Braintree April 25, 2011. He was pronounced at Quincy Medical Center. He had been a sports writer for The Enterprise, The Patriot Ledger and The Braintree Forum. Jim Fenton of The Enterprise wrote an article about Win which was published April 27, 2011. Jim Fenton stated This was a man who knew his sports | whether it was professional, college, high school, American Legion and Cranberry League baseball | and that versatility was put on full display when the college baseball tourney was discussed. He continued His passion was sports, whether talking about details from the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox, the 1986 World Series loss to the New York Mets, the misery suffered by the Boston Bruins, the championship runs of the Boston Celtics or any happening from the high school scene, especially his beloved Braintree High School. Win was with The Enterprise for 37 years covering many teams including the Brockton Rox commencing in 2002. He was known for his great recall of details from past sporting events. Jim Fenton stated that Win was there when Doug Flutie played for Boston College. He voted each year for the Heisman Trophy and for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ken Lechtanski of The Enterprise being an assistant sports writer stated Win was a consummate sportswriter because there wasnt a team he didnt know about or have an opinion on from high school to colleges and to the pros. Win received a citation from Mayor Joseph Sullivan of Braintree dated August 9, 2009, recognizing his professionalism, dedication, long time support and coverage of the teams and athletes of Braintree. He was involved with the American Legion Teams and the Babe Ruth teams in Braintree. Win was the son of the late Felton S. Bates and Janet (Baker) Bates. Win was a graduate of Braintree High School and Suffolk University in Boston where he received a degree in journalism. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl A. (DiSessa) Bates of Brockton; and by his sons, John Andrew DiSessa Bates, 9 years of age, Anthony DiSessa, 13 years of age, and Mark DiSessa, 21 years of age, all of Brockton. Visiting hours will be at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington St., Braintree, Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Scott Killian, pastor of the South Congregational Church, South Braintree, will officiate. Burial will be at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Those wishing may make donations to the funeral home to defray the costs of reasonable funeral and burial expenses. Any excess over and above the cost of reasonable funeral expenses will be sent to Win Bates Invitational Classic, Braintree.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from May 3 to May 4, 2011