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Report: Former Cubs skipper dies at 82

March 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM

CHICAGO, March 20 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Cubs manager Whitey Lockman has died from pulmonary illness at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Yahoo! Sports reported. He was 82.

Lockman managed the Cubs from 1972-1974, after succeeding his former New York Giants manager, Leo Durocher.

As a player, the line-drive hitter and speedy base runner had a .279 career batting average.

He was an all-star in 1952, played on two World Series teams, and in 1958, was a member of the Giants when they moved from the Polo Grounds to San Francisco.

On Oct. 3, 1951, his double set the stage for Bobby Thomson's dramatic National League pennant-winning three-run homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Lockman spent more than 50 years in baseball, as a player for 15 seasons in the major leagues and as a manager, coach, front-office executive and scout.

Earlier this week, the Cubs and Giants observed a moment of silence for Lockman before their exhibition game in Mesa.

Topics: Leo Durocher
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