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Randy Stein, Dave Cole and Merritt Ranew, former Cubbies, pass away

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  • Randy Stein, Dave Cole and Merritt Ranew, former Cubbies, pass away

    Though he appeared in only six games in his lone season with the Cubs, 1982 was arguably Stein's best year. He had a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings of work.

    Born William Randolph Stein on March 7, 1953 in Pomona, Randy lost his valiant 4 year battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's on December 12, 2011.

    Randy graduated from Ganesha High School in 1971 where he was an outstanding athlete and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Orioles.

    He broke into the Majors in 1978 with the Milwaukee Brewers, and also played for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.
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    Cole was mostly used as a reliever in his career - except in 1954, his year with the Cubs. He started 14 of his 18 appearances, winning three games for the club.

    WILLIAMSPORT— Many leave their hometowns looking for fame and fortune.

    Dave Cole had that chance and found out that fame was a relative thing. He didn’t have to go far to live a successful life.

    After a small fraction of his life as a professional baseball player, Cole returned home in the late 1950s to Williamsport. Baseball was his obvious talent, but Cole will be long remembered for the work he did in his community rather than on the mound.

    Cole, 81, died on Wednesday at Meritus Medical Center, ending a multifaceted life that only began when he was playing baseball. The obvious proof is the family, which includes four children and eight grandchildren, that survives him.
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    Ranew had the best year of his big league career with the Cubs, hitting .338 with a 136 OPS+ in 154 at-bats in 1963.

    Merritt Thomas Ranew, an Albany native who became a Major League baseball player and successful local horse trainer and businessman, died Tuesday at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta. He was 73. Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

    Ranew was born on Tuesday, May 10, 1938. In 1957, at the age of 19 young Ranew was discovered by baseball scout and Albany legend Paul Eames. He was signed with the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent. He was the 17th pick in the 1961 expansion draft in October 1961; he was only 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1962, with the Houston Colt .45s.
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    I had missed all three of these. Thanks Cowtipper.
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