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RIP Phil Cavarretta

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by secretariat, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    Two Cubs greats in a month.

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday. He was 94.

    Cavarretta died in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from a stroke, according to his grandson, Jeffrey Brown, of Lubbock, Texas.

    Brown told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Cavarretta died Saturday evening in a hospice care center. Brown said Cavarretta had been battling leukemia and suffered the stroke several days ago.

    A first baseman and outfielder, Cavarretta broke into the major leagues in 1934 and spent the first 20 of his 22 seasons with the Cubs before moving across town to play 77 games for the White Sox.

    The three-time All-Star led the NL with a .355 batting average and a .449 on-base percentage in 1945, when the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Cavarretta was one of the last living members of that team. The Cubs have not won a pennant since and their last World Series championship came in 1908.

    Cavarretta finished with a .293 batting average, 95 home runs and 920 RBIs in more than 2,000 big league games.

    Brown said Cavarretta is survived by his wife, Loraine, four daughters and one son, among others.
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    A local boy who glorified in being a Cub, and quite the character.

  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Also, I believe, one of the last player-managers in the majors. He had a great career. RIP.
  4. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    Hasn't been a couple of good weeks to be a Cub fan. RIP, Phil.
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

  6. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    There were actually seven after him: Hank Bauer, Eddie Joost, Frank Robinson, Joe Torre, Don Kessigner, Elvin Tappe and Pete Rose.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Coupla weeks . . . 102 years . . . what the hey.
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Anyone can have a bad century.
  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    . . . but . . . but . . . they have Kerry Wood back! All is well!
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Mid-80s computer users will remember Cavarretta as an f-in' stud in Micro League Baseball.
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