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Harry Perkowski, Joe Garagiola and Monte Irvin, former Cubs players, pass away

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  • Harry Perkowski, Joe Garagiola and Monte Irvin, former Cubs players, pass away

    Harry Perkowski pitched for the Cubs in his final season, 1955. He was 3-4 with a 5.29 ERA in 25 games (four starts). He died April 20 at 93.

    On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, Harry Perkowski passed on to his eternal home. He was in his 93rd year. ...

    Though best known as a baseball pitcher, he also served as an ambulance driver, constable, Mabscott Chief of Police, Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy, Raleigh County school bus driver, and finally retired from the WV Department of Highways.
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    Joe Garagiola spent most of two years with the Cubs, playing for the club in 1953 and 1954. In 137 games, he hit .276 with six home runs and 42 RBI. He died March 23 at 90.

    Legendary broadcaster and former baseball player Joe Garagiola Sr. died Wednesday at the age of 90, the Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed.

    Garagiola, who was awarded the Ford Frick Award -- presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball" -- by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, was the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1961. He worked alongside Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Bob Costas on the network's "Game of the Week."
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    Not many people remember that Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, best known for his time with the Giants, spent his final campaign with the Cubs. With the team in 1956, Irvin hit .271 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI as a 37-year-old. Not a bad way to go out. He died January 11 at 96.

    HOUSTON (AP) — Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.

    The Hall of Fame said Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.
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