In memory of
BOIM, IRVING "PRO" Ann Arbor Irving "Pro" Boim, age 92, passed away September 30, 2013 at home. He was born July 2, 1921 in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Betty (Shank) Boim; son, David Boim; three step-sons, Phillip and Stephen "Mark" Shank and Rick Perron; and grandchildren, Michael (Kimberly) Shank, Marie Shank, Melissa, Shannon and Ashley Shank, Justin David and Cara Mia Boim; and great grandchildren, Edward, Madeleine and William Shank and Samantha Spurlock; as well as his devoted caregivers of three years, Kris and Kim Sandusky. Pro's first love was baseball. "Pro" got his nickname because as a child he did "spot on" imitations of baseball greats such as Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. In his life, he celebrated such accomplishments as leading the U of M's baseball team as their number one pitcher to a Big Ten Championship in 1942. After college and three and a half year career in the Navy during WWII, he had a nine-year career pitching for The Pittsburg Pirates, The Cincinnati Reds and The Chicago White Sox. Pro's most remarkable achievement as a pitcher was in a game on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL. There he faced big league hitting star, Ted Williams. Williams faced Pro four times only getting one hit and Pro struck him out twice! Pro's great achievement though was the time spent after the war as a much beloved physical education teacher and baseball coach. As an elementary school gym teacher in Chicago and Ann Arbor Public Schools he spent over 40 years inspiring young people to the benefits sports and physical activity. Irving's life was rich with experience and he brought joy to the hearts of those that surrounded him. Pro's presence touched countless lives and the influence he had on the children was immeasurable. He will be greatly missed by those who loved and admired him. Visitation time will be held for close family and friends from 2-5 PM Sunday, October 6, 2013.
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