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Ed Stroud, Mike Hershberger and Kevin Hickey, former White Sox players, pass away

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  • Ed Stroud, Mike Hershberger and Kevin Hickey, former White Sox players, pass away

    Ed Stroud spent 2.5 seasons with the White Sox in the 1960s and 1970s, serving as a speedy backup outfielder. Partway through 1967, he was sent to the Senators for Jim King and a few years later, in 1971, he was sent back to the White Sox for Tommy McCraw.

    Warren native and former major league baseball player Ed Stroud died Monday at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He was 72.

    Stroud, a 1958 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, played Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators from 1966-71.
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    Mike Hershberger began and ended his career with the White Sox, as well. He spent his first four seasons with the team and was a starting outfielder for three of them. After being sent to the Kansas City Athletics in a three-team trade that included Tommy John and Rocky Colavito, he bounced around the majors before winding back up with the Sox in 1971, being used as a backup outfielder. He was Stroud's teammate in 1971.

    When David Schultz moved to Massillon some 30 years ago, he didn’t have to be introduced to Mike Hershberger to know who he was.

    As one of a handful of Massillon products who went on to experience success as a Major League Baseball player — a group that included Tommy Heinrich and Joe Sparma — Hershberger’s reputation preceded him.

    “I certainly knew who he was,” said Schultz, a former publisher of The Independent who now serves as a trustee at the Massillon Museum. “Being a baseball fan, the first names that clicked when I moved to Massillon were Tommy Heinrich and Mike Hershberger.

    “Eleven years in the big leagues, that’s a significant career. That’s a major leaguer.”

    Indeed it is. Turns out Hershberger didn’t just enjoy a major league career, but also a major league life.

    That life came to end when Hershberger, 72, died Sunday evening following a brief illness.
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    Kevin Hickey was a relief pitcher for the White Sox from 1981 to 1983. In 1982, he won four games, had six saves and posted a 3.00 ERA in 60 appearances.

    Kevin Hickey, the quirky left-handed reliever who pitched parts of three seasons for the Orioles including the storybook 1989 "Why Not?" season, died Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was 56.

    A Chicago native who spent three of his six major league seasons with his hometown White Sox, Hickey had been a pregame instructor/batting practice pitcher with the that club since 2004. He was discovered unresponsive in his hotel room before Chicago's Opening Day game in Texas this April. He had been hospitalized since.
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