Glenn Beckert, former second-year Chicago Cubs All-Star player, dies at 79

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CHICAGO – Glenn Beckert, quadruple All-Star second-line player for the Chicago Cubs in the 60s and 70s, died on Sunday. He was 79 years old.

Citing his family, the Cubs said he died of natural causes in Florida.

Playing alongside the Hall of Fame Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ferguson Jenkins, Beckert won a gold glove in 1968 and formed four consecutive star teams for Chicago from 1969.

“We lost a big one today, Glenn Beckert,” Jenkins tweeted. “Glenn was my friend, my teammate @Cubs and the best man in my marriage. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Beckert family. “

Beckert beat .283 in 11 seasons with Chicago (1965-73) and the San Diego Padres (1974-75). He led the National League five times in the strikeout ratio and finished third in batting in 1971 with a career record of .342.

“Glenn Beckert was a wonderful person who was also an excellent ball player,” the Cubs said in a statement. “Glenn was a familiar sight at Wrigley Field and at many Cub Cub conventions, and he always had a memory to share his time on the field with his beloved teammates.”

After playing shortstop with the miners, Beckert went to second goal with the Cubs for the 1965 season. The position was opened after the death of Ken Hubbs in 1964. Beckert then teamed up with the stop- runs Don Kessinger throughout his nine-year career with the Cubs to form one of the best double game combinations in baseball.

Beckert was traded to San Diego after the 1973 season.

Beckert played baseball, basketball and soccer at Perry High School in Pittsburgh, making All-City teams in baseball and basketball. He went on to Allegheny University, gaining a degree in political science in 1962. He signed with Boston this year and went to Chicago in the first-year minor league draft.

He is survived by his daughters Tracy Seaman and Dana Starck and his longtime partner Marybruce Standley.

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