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Former Cub Glenn Beckert dies at 79

4 years agoKarli Bell

Former Cubs second baseman Glenn Beckert died on April 12th in Florida. He was 79 years old.

Over 11 seasons, Beckert hit .238 (1,473-for-5,208), nine of those seasons being with Cubs (1965-73). He also played two seasons with the San Diego Padres (1974-75). Beckert won his sole Golden Glove award in 1968. He also led the National League five times by posting the best strikeout-to-at-bat ratio. He did that four seasons in a row (1966-69) and then again in 1972. Beckert finished third in the league in batting average in 1971, hitting a career-best .342.

The Cubs released the following statement:

“Glenn Beckert was a wonderful person who also happened to be an excellent ballplayer.  He was a mainstay at second base for the Cubs for nine seasons from 1965-73, 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.”


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