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Gordon Massa, Jim Hickman and Joe Schaffernoth, former Cubs players, pass away

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  • Gordon Massa, Jim Hickman and Joe Schaffernoth, former Cubs players, pass away

    Gordon Massa played briefly for the Cubs in 1957 and 1958. In 1957, he hit .467/.579/.533 in 15 at-bats. He died July 16 at 80.

    Gordon R. Massa 80, passed away at his home July 16, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Clare (nee Mehring). Youngest son of the late Arthur and Marie Massa. Loving father of Steve (Melissa), Jeannie, Jodi (Alan), Gordy (Lianne), Elaine (Mike) and Andrew (Rachel). Proud grandfather of Taylor, Tony, Maggie, Ryan, Nick, Jordan, Trevor, Payton, Carson, Maria and Morgan. Dear brother of Rita, Patty, Roger and the late Don, Bob, Art, Jerry and Jim. Alumnus of Elder High School and Holy Cross College. After graduating, briefly played for the Chicago Cubs and moved on to a successful sales career with Ashland Chemical. Helped initiate the athletic program at Immaculate Heart of Mary and enjoyed coaching. Member of: Price Hill Baseball Old Timers Hall of Fame, Buddy Larosa’s Hall of Fame and Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. Devout Catholic who lived his life according to his faith. Blessed by many friends and family, who meant so much to him. Visitation 5-8pm, Wednesday, July 20th at Hay Funeral Home, 7312 Beechmont 45230 . Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am, Thursday, July 21st at IHM, 7820 Beechmont 45255. Guest book at


    Jim Hickman was an All-Star for the Cubs in 1970, hitting .315 with 32 home runs and 115 RBI for the club that year. He averaged 16 home runs a year over six years with the club. He was involved in these trades: "April 23, 1968: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Phil Regan to the Chicago Cubs for Jim Ellis and Ted Savage" and "March 23, 1974: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals for Scipio Spinks." He died June 25 at age 79.

    Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman, who was born and raised in Henning, Tenn., died Saturday. He was 79 and in hospice care.

    HIckman's son Joey is the longtime golf pro at Old Hickory Country Club.
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    Joe Schaffernoth played for the Cubs from 1959 to 1961. The reliever had a 2.78 ERA in 55 innings for the club in 1960. He died June 18 at 78.

    Joseph A. Schaffernoth of Berkeley Heights, N.J. passed away peacefully after a hard fought battle with cancer, surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the age of 78. ...

    Joseph was born in Trenton, N.J. to Charles and Anna Schaffernoth and was a longtime resident of Berkeley Heights, N.J. After high school Joseph was drafted to play Major League Baseball where he played for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians as a Pitcher for several years until suffering a shoulder injury. After his professional baseball career Joseph worked as a manager for the Palnut division of TRW until his retirement. Joseph's greatest joy was spending time with his family and attending all his grandchildren's activities. He also enjoyed golfing with his buddies.
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