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Joe Macko, Al Dark and Paul Provas, former Cubs figures, pass away

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    Joe Macko was a Cubs coach in 1964. He played and managed in their minor league chain for many years.

    Some sad news to pass along this morning, as longtime Rangers clubhouse manager Joe Macko passed away yesterday in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 86 years old.
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    Al Dark played for the Cubs in 1958 and 1959.

    Alvin Dark, who was the All-Star shortstop and captain of the New York Giants’ pennant-winning teams in the 1950s and went on to manage the team to a pennant in San Francisco, but who was later shadowed by controversy over his attitude toward black and Latino players, died on Thursday at his home in Easley, S.C. He was 92.

    His death was confirmed by his son Gene.

    Dark played in three World Series, with the Boston Braves in 1948 and with the Giants in 1951 and 1954. He was the National League’s rookie of the year in 1948, when he hit .322 and helped the Braves capture the franchise’s first pennant in 34 years.
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    Paul Provas scouted for the Cubs in the 1980s and 1990s.

    CHICAGO -- Longtime Chicago White Sox scout Paul Provas passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63.

    Provas was hired by the White Sox in the winter of 1992 as an amateur scout whose coverage area ranged from Kansas and Missouri, through Nebraska and Colorado and on into Wyoming. He scouted future major leaguers like Joe Crede, John Danks, Kip Wells, Boone Logan and Chris Young.
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