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Vern Rapp, Jack Paepke and Jose Herrera, former Expos figures, pass away

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  • Vern Rapp, Jack Paepke and Jose Herrera, former Expos figures, pass away

    Vern Rapp coached for the Expos from 1979 to 1983. 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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    Jack Paepke scouted for the Expos. He died in 2014, but his death was not uncovered until recently.

    Born: August 28, 1922 in Provo, Utah, United States
    Died: November 7, 2014 in Ramona, CA (Aged 92.071)

    Jose Herrera, who played for the Astros and Expos from 1967 to 1970, died October 16, 2009 at 67 ... though news of his death did not reach American researchers until just a few days ago. Yours truly uncovered it. The outfielder, nicknamed "Loco," had a pretty blase big league career, though his minor league career was a bit more exciting. He played on the farm from 1964 to 1975, spending considerable time in Mexico. He was also involved in a couple trades:

    June 15, 1970: Traded by the Montreal Expos to the Milwaukee Brewers for John O'Donoghue.
    May 11, 1971: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with John Gelnar to the Detroit Tigers for Jim Hannan.

    He hit .283 in 127 at-bats with the Expos.

    Here is a translated Spanish-language piece that was written about his passing:
    Last week died at the age of 67 years one of the glories of Zulia and Venezuelan baseball, Jose Herrera, called him "El Loco," who wore the shirt of the Tiburones de La Guaira for many years and also the Cardinals, was Creole number 14 to see action in the majors, he was a founding member of the Montreal Expos in 1969 juice in our country for 14 years in the LVBP, leaving average to 290 and participated in nine finals.
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