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Virgil Jester and Ken Johnson, former Braves players, pass away

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  • Virgil Jester and Ken Johnson, former Braves players, pass away

    Virgil Jester played for both the Boston Braves (in 1952) and the Milwaukee Braves (in 1953). He was 3-5 with a solid 3.33 ERA his first campaign. He died February 15 at 88 years old.

    The Virgil Jester chapter in Denver's baseball history has closed.

    Randy Jester, Virgil's son, announced Tuesday that his dad died of pneumonia early Monday morning in a care center. Virgil Jester, 88, came out of Denver North High School and became a fixture in Denver baseball. Randy Jester said there will be no services.
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    Ken Johnson pitched for Milwaukee in 1965, going 13-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 179 2/3 innings. He died November 21 at 82.

    Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr.

    Memorial services for Mr. Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr. will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at New Life Community Church with Dr. Gary Baldwin officiating, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. ...

    Ken played baseball all his school years and upon graduation from High School, was drafted into the Army for 2 years at Fort Jackson in Columbia South Carolina. That is where he met his wife of 60 years, Lynn who at the time was attending the University of South Carolina. Joanna Lynn Ergle was studying education when they married March 11, 1955. After his stent in the Army, he started AAA baseball and played for 4 years until he was drafted into the "Big League" with the Kansas City Athletics. He played for the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series against the Yankees. He played four years with the Houston Colt 45's/Astros, where he pitched a no-hitter and lost the game. He played four years with the Atlanta Brave with Hank Aaron. He retired from baseball in 1970, and worked for Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida and then came to Pineville to work at Louisiana College as an assistant baseball coach. He was a deacon at his churches and at New Life Community Church, he had a very active nursing home visitation for many years.
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