#Cubs shortstop Lennie Merullo passed away at age 98

Lennie Merullo, who played for the Cubs for seven seasons, passed away Saturday at the age of 98. He was the oldest living Cubs player.

“We were saddened to hear the news our oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passed away earlier today,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season. When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945, Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement, as he threw out the first pitch and led the entire ballpark in singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’ joined by family and friends.

“If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie’s eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time,” Ricketts said. “He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him.”

Merullo batted .240 with the Cubs from 1941-47.

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