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  • Ken Johnson, Jack Spring and Earl Averill, former Cubs players, pass away

    Ken Johnson pitched for the Cubs in 1969, posting a 2.84 ERA in nine relief appearances. He died November 21.

    Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr.

    Memorial services for Mr. Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr. will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at New Life Community Church with Dr. Gary Baldwin officiating, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. ...

    Ken played baseball all his school years and upon graduation from High School, was drafted into the Army for 2 years at Fort Jackson in Columbia South Carolina. That is where he met his wife of 60 years, Lynn who at the time was attending the University of South Carolina. Joanna Lynn Ergle was studying education when they married March 11, 1955. After his stent in the Army, he started AAA baseball and played for 4 years until he was drafted into the "Big League" with the Kansas City Athletics. He played for the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series against the Yankees. He played four years with the Houston Colt 45's/Astros, where he pitched a no-hitter and lost the game. He played four years with the Atlanta Brave with Hank Aaron. He retired from baseball in 1970, and worked for Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida and then came to Pineville to work at Louisiana College as an assistant baseball coach. He was a deacon at his churches and at New Life Community Church, he had a very active nursing home visitation for many years.
    Read more:

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/the....f1JmpndA.dpuf

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    Jack Spring died August 2. He pitched for the Cubs in 1964, posting a 6.00 ERA in 7 relief appearances.

    Jack Russell Spring, a left hander who pitched in the same bullpen as Satchel Paige and against Mickey Mantle before returning home and coaching West Valley to the Spokane area’s only state high school baseball championship in 1978, died on Sunday. He was 82.

    Last summer, after advanced Parkinson’s disease had confined him to a wheelchair, Spring attended a ceremony for the naming of “Jack Spring Stadium” at West Valley High School where he spent 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.
    Read more:

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-pitcher-dies/

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    Earl Averill died May 13. He played for the Cubs in 1960, hitting .235 with a home run and 13 RBI in 102 at-bats. His sole Cubs home run came off of pitcher Billy O'Dell.

    Earl Averill Jr., a Snohomish High School graduate and a seven-year major league veteran, died Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83.

    The Mariners scheduled a moment of silence in Averill’s honor just before the start of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox.
    Read more:

    http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/m...erill-jr-dies/

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