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Clyde Mashore, Ken Johnson and Rene Picota, former Expos figures, pass away

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  • Clyde Mashore, Ken Johnson and Rene Picota, former Expos figures, pass away

    Clyde Mashore played for the Expos from 1970 to 1973, being used primarily in a reserve role. He died January 24 at 70 years old.

    Former major-league outfielder Clyde Mashore, father of Texas Rangers assistant hitting coach Justin Mashore, died on Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Ca. He was 70.

    Clyde Mashore appeared in 241 major-league games during five seasons with Cincinnati and Montreal. His accomplishments included hitting a homer that carried out of Montreal's Parc Jarry in 1972.
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    Ken Johnson played for the Expos in 1970, his final season. He appeared in three games. 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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    Rene Picota scouted for the Expos. He died August 21 at 81.


    The details of his death was confirmed by his son, former national team pitcher Lenin Picota.

    Picota worked for organizations like the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and Florida Marlins. It had to do with the signatures of former big league as Roberto Kelly, Sherman Obando and Jose Macias, among others.
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