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Mario Picone, George Lerchen and Chuck Kress, former Reds players, pass away

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  • Mario Picone, George Lerchen and Chuck Kress, former Reds players, pass away

    Mario Picone died last October, but his death was not reported until recently. He pitched briefly for the Reds in 1954, after being purchased from the Giants for $15,000. He made 4 appearances for Cincinnati.

    Mario was born on July 5, 1926 and passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    Mario was a resident of Brooklyn, New York.


    George Lerchen hit .294 with a .455 on-base percentage in 22 plate appearances for the Reds in 1953.

    George E. Lerchen
    (December 1, 1922 - March 26, 2014) ...

    George was born not too far from what was the Navin Field and was a 1941 graduate of Detroit Western High School. George played professional baseball for fifteen years with three years out for service in the US Navy during World War II. Though most of Georges baseball years were spent in Triple A and Double A leagues, he did have the proverbial “cup of coffee” with the Detroit “Tigers” in 1952 and the Cincinnati “Reds” in 1953. His first hit in the “bigs” was a home run against the Washington “Senators”. After baseball, he played recreational softball with the J.R. Snyder Masonry team, and in 1998 George was inducted into the Metro-Detroit ASA Softball Hall of Fame. George retired from the construction industry with the Kirco Realty Company.
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    Chuck Kress played for the Reds in 1947 and 1949.

    Charlie Steven Kress passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Colville, WA. ...

    From this activity, a professional baseball scout approached him to play professionally. Thus began his baseball career that spanned 32 years. On September 19, 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Keir. To this union, three children were born.

    Charlie had barely begun playing professional baseball when WWII began. He enlisted in the Army and became a physical trainer in Florida and Mississippi. He returned to baseball after the war and several events highlighted his career, he was honored at two “Charlie Kress Days” at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, once when he played in the National League and once when he played in the American League; batting in Yankee Stadium at the same plate as the baseball greats, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; being the most valuable player on the Rochester Red Wings (New York) team when they won the AAA World Series.; and managing the Des Moines Demons to the league championship.

    Charlie retired from baseball in 1961.
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    I have a very nice letter that Mr. Lerchen wrote to me several years ago about his career as a member of the Reds. Like many former Reds from that year, they did not share many fond memories of their manager, Rogers Hornsby.


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