Jim McAnany played briefly for the Cubs in 1961 and 1962. He died December 16 at 79.

Services were held Saturday for outfielder Jim McAnany, a member of the Chicago White Sox's 1959 World Series team.

McAnany, 79, passed away on Dec. 16, after suffering complications from a minor surgery. McAnany was wearing a White Sox jersey when he passed away.
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Ed Mayer pitched for the Cubs in 1957 and 1958. He died December 29 at 84.

A tip of the cap to Ed Mayer, who has passed away at age 84.

I appreciated his past letter from 2010, one worth a curtain call. I praised his 25 years of public school teaching. Forever a teacher, Mayer was famed for sending back personal letters to collectors, praising them on their baseball knowledge.
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Cal Neeman played for the Cubs from 1957 to 1960 and was Mayer's teammate. He was the club's primary catcher in 1957. He died October 1 at 86.

Former major-league catcher Cal Neeman, a Valmeyer native, died Thursday at his home in Lake Saint Louis. He was 86.

Neeman, originally signed by the New York Yankees, played seven seasons in the majors with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators. His best season was his rookie year with the Cubs in 1957 when he hit .258 with 10 homers and 39 runs batted in as their regular catcher. Neeman hit 12 homers, drove in 29 runs and batted .259 for the Cubs in 1958.
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