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I had an uncle, he was a Major in the Air Force. He became a well-known baseball player, and then a videogame character! Finally, he finished his life as a brilliant physicist (for real this time).
Who was my uncle?

Hint:

One memory I have of him was when we were both at a pub called "The Crow". A local band was playing some Bowie and my uncle was talking to me about some kind of sphere, but I didn't really get it. What I recall clearly though was that he wore some bright red socks.

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    $\begingroup$ Well, you just take the first letter of every word, scramble them around a bit to make some silly but irrelevant sentences, and Bob's your uncle! $\endgroup$ – Bass Sep 25 '20 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ Can we have a hint? $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 27 '20 at 10:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you can :) $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul Sep 27 '20 at 17:33
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Changed my answer again no.2

TOM GORDON FREEMAN

Reason:

I had an uncle, he was a Major in the Air Force.

Major TOM from the David BOWIE song.

He became a well-known baseball player,

TOM Gordon the RED SOXX baseball player.

and then a videogame character

GORDON Freeman the Video game character notorious for weilding a CROW bar.

Finally, he finished his life as a brilliant physicist (for real this time).

FREEMAN Dyson, the physicist known for the Dyson SPHERE

Pattern

All the names of the next is shared by the surname of the previous.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's not it, and it has nothing to do with that expression $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul Sep 27 '20 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ New answer Keelhaul $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 29 '20 at 1:57
  • $\begingroup$ Now that's the correct answer ;) $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul Sep 29 '20 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ I was not sure if I had to do something with the names but I guess not $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Sep 29 '20 at 7:33
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Is this a puzzle where

the answer is a sequence of words, each one a slight perturbation of the last one?

he was a Major in the Air Force

Start with the word MAJOR, or maybe another word (starting with MARI?) that's the name of a specific Air Force major.

He became a well-known baseball player

I don't know baseball at all, but apparently there was a famous player called MARIS.

and then a videogame character

I hear there's a videogame character called MARIO.

he finished his life as a brilliant physicist (for real this time)

MARIE Curie, Nobel Prize winning physicist.

Then maybe your uncle's name was

MARI, or ?SOE. (Still need some more work on the first clue.)

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    $\begingroup$ Nope, not a sequence of words, but indeed a sequence of something ;) $\endgroup$ – Keelhaul Sep 27 '20 at 9:12

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