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George Freese, Art Schult and Jim Brosnan, former Cubs players, pass away

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    George Freese played for the Cubs in 1961, hitting .286 in 7 at-bats. He played in the Cubs organization about a decade earlier, though he didn't make the major league club at that point, and was involved in a pretty massive trade. On June 4, 1953, he was traded by the Chicago Cubs with Bob Addis, Toby Atwell, Gene Hermanski, Bob Schultz, Preston Ward and $150,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Garagiola, Ralph Kiner, George Metkovich and Howie Pollet. (source:

    Freese, George Walter 87 Sept. 12, 1926 July 27, 2014 On May 1, 1955, while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, George "Bud" Freese hit an inside- the-park grand slam. When asked how he did it, he humbly replied, "I just kept running." On a bright Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, George got up to bat in this world for the last time and again knocked it out of the park, cleared the bases and headed for home. ...

    Upon leaving college, he turned down an offer to play football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, opting to sign a professional baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers instead. George later had the rare opportunity to share the field alongside his younger brother, Gene, both of whom played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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    Art Schult played for the Cubs in 1959 and 1960. He served as a useful bat off the bench in 1959, hitting .271 in 118 at-bats.

    Arthur William Schult, a journeyman professional baseball player during the 1950s, died Friday at the Legacy House Hospice on Friday. He was 86.

    Known as “Dutch” during his decade run in Major League Baseball, Schult played first base, outfield and pinch hitter for six teams.
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    Jim Brosnan pitched for the Cubs in 1954 and from 1956 to 1958. He had a 3.38 ERA in 41 games in 1957 and in 1958, he had a 3.14 mark in 8 starts before being shipped off to St. Louis for Al Dark.

    James P. Brosnan, 84, of Morton Grove, former major league baseball player and author, beloved husband of the late Anne, nee Pitcher; loving father of Jamie (William) Kruidenier, Timothy, and Kimberlee (Douglas) Brosnan-Myers; dear grandfather of Jeremy (Jill) Kruidenier, Ryan (Mary Lee) Kruidenier, Hilary Myers, and Kevin Myers; fond brother of Michael (Sandy). Memorial visitation at Simkins Funeral Home 6251 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL 60053 Sunday, July 20th 1:00 p.m. until time of memorial service 4:00 p.m.
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