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  • Clyde Mashore, Vern Rapp and Len Kahny, former Reds figures, pass away

    Clyde Mashore played for the Reds briefly in 1969. He is more well-known for his time with the Expos. He died January 24 at age 70.

    Former major-league outfielder Clyde Mashore, father of Texas Rangers assistant hitting coach Justin Mashore, died on Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Ca. He was 70.

    Clyde Mashore appeared in 241 major-league games during five seasons with Cincinnati and Montreal. His accomplishments included hitting a homer that carried out of Montreal's Parc Jarry in 1972.
    Read more:

    http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texa...ing-coach-dies

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    Vern Rapp managed the Reds for part of the 1984 season, before being replaced by Pete Rose. He died December 31 at age 87.

    Vern Rapp, the former Cardinals manager whose disciplinary ways led to a clean-shaven Al Hrabosky, died of natural causes Thursday in Broomfield, Colo. He was 87.

    Rapp, who was born in St. Louis in May 1928 and attended Cleveland High School, signed his first playing contract with the Cardinals in 1945. His $100-per-month deal never turned into playing time for the Redbirds but did start a winding path that led to him managing the club.
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    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseb...9945ce450.html

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    Len Kahny never played in the major leagues, though he spent a few years in the Reds system. What makes him special? He was born in 1911 and played as far back as 1934. He was surely one of only a few players from that early-to-mid-30s at the time of his passing. He died November 19, 2014 at 103 years old.

    Leonard John Kahny, 103, died on November 19, 2014, after a brief illness. He was a resident of Otterbein-Middletown for the past several years. ...

    In 1934 he signed a contract to play shortstop with the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later he was a 'hot prospect' and swinging an autographed "Len Kahny" Louisville Slugger bat. In 1936 he played with the Durham Bulls in the North Carolina Piedmont League. In November of that year he married Helen Smith Hanner, a student nurse he met while playing with the Mt. Airy Reds.
    Read more:

    http://www.wilsonschrammspaulding.co...own-OH/1454406

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/re...d=kahny-001leo

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