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Richie Myers and Jose Ortiz, former Cubs players, pass away

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  • Richie Myers and Jose Ortiz, former Cubs players, pass away

    Richard (“Richie”) Myers passed away June 24th at age 81, after a short hospitalization the result of a fall. Richard was born and spent most of his life in the Sacramento area. He and his wife Loretta moved to Yreka in 2006. Loretta preceded him in death in 2007.

    As a young man, Richie had an interesting 9 year career in baseball. He graduated from Elk Grove High School where as a star pitcher; his jersey number was permanently retired. Richie went on to play professional baseball, mostly for the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League. He was converted from being a pitcher to shortstop in 1948 and in 1954 batted .303 with 6 homeruns. In 1956 he was sold to the Chicago Cubs, but Hall of Famer Ernie Banks didn’t want to give up his position at shortstop. After a short time in Chicago, Richie finished up with the Los Angeles Angels earning a league championship ring. His career numbers after 9 years in professional baseball were an impressive .261 batting average with 45 homeruns in 937 games. His fielding percentage at shortstop was .964! After baseball, Richie went on to retire from the City of Sacramento in a supervisory position.
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    Jose Ortiz for whatever reason never got reported:

    Jose Luis Ortiz played outfield for the Chicago White Sox in 1969 and 1970
    and the Cubs in 1971. He had a .301 career average in 123 at bats. He died
    in Puerto Rico on 20 January 2011, at age 63.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 06-29-2011, 09:19 AM.

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