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John Tsitouris, Alex Johnson and Dick Hager, former Reds figures, pass away

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  • John Tsitouris, Alex Johnson and Dick Hager, former Reds figures, pass away

    John Tsitouris pitched for the Reds from 1962 to 1968, going 29-33 with a 3.83 ERA in about 540 innings. In 1963, he was 12-8 with a 3.16 mark in 191 frames. He was also involved in the deal that sent Joe Nuxhall to the KC Athletics (it also brought John Briggs to Cincy). He died at 79.

    John Tsitouris MONROE - John Tsitouris, born May 5th, 1936, went home to be with his Heavenly Father early Thursday morning, October 22, 2015, at CMC-Union. ...

    His senior year, 1954, he signed to play professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched and won his first professional game at the age of 21. From there, he went on to have an incredible career. In 1964, he pitched a 1-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies that started their epic collapse. The best season of his career was in 1963, when he went 12-8 with a 3.16 ERA for the Reds. He finished the year with 145 strikeouts second highest on the pitching staff. He started 21 games, had eight complete games, and three shutouts. He finished the 1963 season with back to back complete game shutouts against the Cardinals. He still holds the Sally League ERA record of 1.51.
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    Alex Johnson played for the Reds in 1968 and 1969. Between those two campaigns, he hit .313 and averaged 82 runs and 14 swipes per campaign. Interestingly, he hit only two home runs the first year, but 17 the next. He was involved in the trade that sent Dick Simpson to the Cardinals and the deal that sent himself and Chico Ruiz to the Angels for Pedro Borbon, Vern Geishert and Jim McGlothlin. He died February 28, but his death was not reported here.

    Alex Johnson, 1970 American League batting champion, passed away today. He was 72 years old.

    Johnson, a product of Northwestern High School, played for eight major league teams including the Tigers. He won the batting crown while playing for the California Angels hitting .329 with 86 RBI. Johnson also played in the 1970 All-Star Game and finished eighth in voting for league MVP.
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    Dick Hager scouted for the Reds. He died last December.

    Hager, Richard 1/22/1929 - 12/29/2014 Ann Arbor Richard D. Hager, age 85, passed away peacefully Monday, December 29, 2014. ...

    Dick began his scouting career in 1954 with the Washington Senators. In 1961 Dick and his family moved to Oregon and then California to scout for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals Baseball Clubs. Dick scouted for the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years beginning in 1975. He felt this was the best major league club in baseball. He then went on to scout for nine years with the San Diego Padres. He held positions as Assistant Scouting Director and Special Assistant to the General Manager, his good friend Jack McKeon. He also enjoyed his time as the Scouting Director for the Houston Astros from 1991-1996. Dick spent the last seven years of his career divided between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Clubs and retired at the end of the 2003 season.
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