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  • Joe Garagiola, Luis Arroyo and Vern Rapp, former Cardinals figures, pass away

    Joe Garagiola played for the Cardinals from 1946 to 1951, often sharing catching duties with other players. In 1946, his rookie season, he won a World Series ring with the club, batting .316 with four RBI in the Fall Classic. He was a broadcaster for the club from 1955 to 1962. He died March 23, 2016 at 90.

    Legendary broadcaster and former baseball player Joe Garagiola Sr. died Wednesday at the age of 90, the Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed.

    Garagiola, who was awarded the Ford Frick Award -- presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball" -- by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, was the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1961. He worked alongside Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Bob Costas on the network's "Game of the Week."
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    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15...sr-dies-age-90

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    Luis Arroyo pitched for the Cardinals in 1955, going 11-8 with a 4.19 ERA. He was an All-Star that year. He died January 13 at 88.

    NEW YORK -- Luis Arroyo, a two-time All-Star pitcher who helped the New York Yankees win the 1961 World Series, died Wednesday. He was 88.

    The Yankees said Arroyo's daughter, Milagros, told the team he died in Puerto Rico. She said he had been diagnosed last month with cancer.
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    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14...arroyo-dies-88

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    Vern Rapp managed the Cardinals in 1977 and 1978. He died December 31 at 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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