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Fred Richards, Milt Pappas and Norm Gigon, former Cubs players, pass away

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  • Fred Richards, Milt Pappas and Norm Gigon, former Cubs players, pass away

    Milt Pappas spent the last part of his career with the Cubs, winning 17 games twice for the club and going 51-41 with a 3.33 ERA and 120 ERA+ in 115 games. He had 31 complete games and 11 shutouts in his time with Chicago, leading the league in shutouts in 1971. Incredibly, he averaged only 3.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his three years with the Cubs. He died April 16 at 76.

    Milt Pappas, the former Cubs pitcher who famously came one pitch from a perfect game, died Tuesday, Beecher police have confirmed.

    Pappas was 76.
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    First baseman Fred "Fuzzy" Richards hit .296 in 27 games for the Cubs in 1951, collecting two doubles and four RBI. He was 23 years old at the time, yet never saw another day in the majors. He played in the minors until 1956. He died March 18 at 88. Only five players from the 1951 Cubs team remain alive.

    WARREN - Frederick "Fuzz" C. Richards, 88, of Dodge Street NW, died of natural causes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2016.

    He was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Leavittsburg, the fourth of four children of John and Sarah Richards.

    He was married in 1950 to Isabelle V. Swipas with whom he had four children.


    Norm Gigon was a 29-year-old utility man and pinch hitter for the Cubs in 1967, appearing in 34 games and earning 70 at-bats with the club. He hit .171 with a home run and six RBI, with his lone dinger a three-run job off of Pirates pitcher Juan Pizarro. He began his professional career in the Phillies system in 1959 and stayed there partway through 1966. He was hardly a power hitter, though he mashed 30 homers in Triple-A in 1964; in nine minor league seasons, he totaled just 84 overall. On June 22, 1966, he was traded to the Cubs for outfielder Billy Cowan.

    He died April 1, 2013 in Mahwah, New Jersey, though news of his death did not surface until recently.

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