Jack Spring played for the Cardinals in 1964, posting a 3.00 ERA in two appearances. His Cardinals career was short, but it was notable -- he was part of the trade that brought Lou Brock to the club.

Jack Russell Spring, a left hander who pitched in the same bullpen as Satchel Paige and against Mickey Mantle before returning home and coaching West Valley to the Spokane area’s only state high school baseball championship in 1978, died on Sunday. He was 82.

Last summer, after advanced Parkinson’s disease had confined him to a wheelchair, Spring attended a ceremony for the naming of “Jack Spring Stadium” at West Valley High School where he spent 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.
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Jim King played for the Cardinals in 1957, hitting .314 in 35 at-bats. He, too, had a short career with the Cards, but he was an important piece of two trades: The first sent Bobby Del Greco and Ed Mayer to the Cubs, while the latter brought Ray Katt back to the club. He died in February, but his death was not reported in this forum.

Ex-big leaguer King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82....
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Minnie Minoso's stay with the Cardinals was also brief. In 1962, he batted .196 in 97 at-bats with the team. The trade he was involved in sent Jim Cunningham to the White Sox -- the Cards definitely lost on that deal. He died in March, but his death was not reported in this forum.

CHICAGO -- Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said Sunday.

The medical examiner's office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about his age but the White Sox say he was 90.
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