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George Genovese, Milo Hamilton and Alex Johnson, former Cardinals figures, pass away

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  • George Genovese, Milo Hamilton and Alex Johnson, former Cardinals figures, pass away

    George Genovese didn't last long as a player (he had one at-bat for the Senators), but he made a long career in professional baseball nevertheless. With the Cardinals, he played in their system and scouted for them.

    Legendary baseball scout George Genovese, who left his family's Clove Road home for the minor leagues in the days before World War II and remained in the game for the next 75 years, scouting and signing the likes of Bobby Bonds, Dave Kingman and George Foster, died Sunday in Burbank, Ca.

    An undersized middle-infielder whose one official big league at-bat came early in the 1950 season with the woeful Washington Senators, was one of five baseball-playing brothers raised in depression-era Staten Island who loved to tell stories of chasing grazing goats off empty North Shore lots in order to play pick-up games.
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    Milo Hamilton was an announcer for the Cardinals in 1954. He was replaced after one year by Joe Garagiola.

    Milo Hamilton, who called baseball for seven major league teams over 60 years and was best known for calling Henry Aaron’s 715th home run, died on Thursday in Houston. He was 88.

    The Houston Astros announced his death. He was their play-by-play announcer from 1985 through the 2012 season.
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    Alex Johnson played for the Cardinals in 1966 and 1967, hitting .211 in 261 games. Then he went and hit .312 the year after he left and .319 from 1968 to 1970. And they didn't even get anything good for him in his trade, receiving only Dick Simpson* in return. Such is life.

    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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    *Fun fact: Dick Simpson's son, Colton, became a famous criminal.

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