Former Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert dead at 79

Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Glenn Beckert died Sunday at age 79.

Beckert began his professional baseball career in the Midwest League, where he batted .280 with 18 extra-base hits, 40 runs batted in, and 17 stolen bases in 81 games with the 1962 Waterloo Hawks. He was a Boston Red Sox farmhand at that time.

He joined the Cubs organization later that year, and went on to play nine seasons on the North Side of Chicago before ending his career with the San Diego Padres, for whom he played 73 games over two seasons.

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