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  • Dick Gray, Gene Freese and Cot Deal, former Cardinals players, pass away

    Dick Gray played in St. Louis in 1959 and 1960, arriving from Los Angeles in a mid-1959 transaction. In 1959, he hit .314 with a .386 OBP in 51 at-bats for the Cardinals.

    The Dodger family received some sad news yesterday. Dick Gray, LA's first starting 3rd baseman, died on Monday. He was 81 years old.
    Read more:

    http://www.dodgersblueheaven.com/201...Blue+Heaven%29

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    Gene Freese played for the Cardinals in the latter part of the 1958 season, arriving in a deal with the Pirates. He batted .257 with six home runs in 62 games.

    After spending the last 60 years of his life in New Orleans, former Major League Baseball player Gene Freese passed away Wednesday morning from natural causes at the age of 79.
    Read more:

    http://www.nola.com/sports/index.ssf...seball_pl.html

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    Cot Deal pitched for the Cardinals in 1950 and 1954. In 1954, he made 33 relief appearances, making him one of the primary relievers on the squad.

    Ellis Fergason "Cot" Deal passed away on May 21, 2013. Born on January 23, 1923 in Arapaho, Oklahoma to Roy Bryan and Ruth Fergason Deal, he was the third of their four children.

    Cot was preceded in death by his grandson, Peter Lee Deal. He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Kathryn Jane McDonald Deal, son Randolph Elliott and wife Amy, daughter Elyse, son Donald Bryan, five grandchildren Michelle Smith, Amy Ward, Michael Matthew Lipp, April Rose Lipp and Rachel Deal, six great-grandchildren Michael Philip Smith, Elizabeth Jane Smith, Katelyn Jane Smith, Katelyn Jane Smith, Jackson Kyle Ward, Ben Thomas Ward and Brooks Marshall Ward, and his sister, Ruthela Deal Kline.

    Cot Deal was twice manager of the Oklahoma City 89ers and was a player or coach for eight different major league teams during a professional baseball career that spanned fifty years.
    Read more:

    http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dig...06&mid=5540558

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