Beckert, 4-time All-Star second baseman for Cubs, dies in Florida

Beckert, 4-time All-Star second baseman for Cubs, dies in Florida

Error 0: Cubs infielder Glenn Beckert in 1968. Glenn Beckert, a second baseman for the Cubs from 1965 to 1973 and a four-time All-Star, passed away in Florida Sunday morning at the age of 79. Often overshadowed by Hall of Fame teammates Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins and Ron Santo, Beckert was a key cog for the Cubs. “We lost a great one today, Glenn Beckert,” Jenkins posted on Twitter Sunday morning. “Glenn was my friend, my teammate and the best man at my wedding. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Beckert family.” The Pittsburgh native and former Palatine resident batted .283/.318/.348 with 22 home runs and 353 RBI over nine seasons and 1,247 games with the Cubs. “Glenn Beckert was a wonderful person who also happened to be an excellent ballplayer,” the Cubs said in a statement. “He was a mainstay at second base for the Cubs for nine seasons from 1965 to 1973, earning a spot on four all-star teams and a reputation for one of the toughest at-bats in the league as evidenced by his low strikeout rate. Glenn more than held his own playing alongside future Hall of Famers and won a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at second base in 1968. “After his playing days concluded, Glenn was a familiar sight at Wrigley Field and numerous Cubs Conventions, and he always had a memory to share of his time on and off the field with his beloved teammates. We offer our deepest condolences to Glenn’s daughters, Tracy Seaman and Dana Starck, his longtime partner Marybruce Standley and his many, many friends.” Beckert’s best season with the Cubs came in 1971, when he hit .342/.367/.406 with 2 homers and 42 RBI. He led the National League with 98 […]

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