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Chuck Kress and Don Lund, former Br. Dodgers players, pass away

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  • Chuck Kress and Don Lund, former Br. Dodgers players, pass away

    Chuck Kress played briefly for the Dodgers in 1954, his final big league season. Traded from Detroit partway through the '54 campaign (Johnny Bucha, Ernie Nevel and cash for Wayne Belardi), he had only one hit in 12 at-bats.

    Charlie Steven Kress passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Colville, WA. ...

    From this activity, a professional baseball scout approached him to play professionally. Thus began his baseball career that spanned 32 years. On September 19, 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Keir. To this union, three children were born.

    Charlie had barely begun playing professional baseball when WWII began. He enlisted in the Army and became a physical trainer in Florida and Mississippi. He returned to baseball after the war and several events highlighted his career, he was honored at two “Charlie Kress Days” at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia, once when he played in the National League and once when he played in the American League; batting in Yankee Stadium at the same plate as the baseball greats, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; being the most valuable player on the Rochester Red Wings (New York) team when they won the AAA World Series.; and managing the Des Moines Demons to the league championship.

    Charlie retired from baseball in 1961.
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    Don Lund died in December of last year. He played for Brooklyn in 1945, 1947 and 1948 as a utility outfielder.

    ANN ARBOR – Former University of Michigan three-sport athlete and Hall of Honor inductee Don Lund died in his Glacier Hills home early on Dec. 10 at the age of 90.

    Lund had been in hospice care for more than a week before dying at 1 a.m. Tuesday, his son-in-law Bruce Allison said.
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