April 2014 Issue

In Memoriam

The following Major League players passed away recently. A summarized bio and a link to their career stats are provided. For some players, a link to a more detailed biography from SABR is also provided.

Chuck Kress
Died: 03-04-2014
Age: 92

Mr. Kress made his debut on April 16, 1947, with the Cincinnati Reds. His final game was played in July 1954 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His major league career spanned four seasons and 175 games and had a career batting average of .249. Before the 1940 season, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent, but he took time out to enlist in the Army. He was deployed during World War II as a physical trainer in Florida and Mississippi. Between 1947 and 1954, he played at various times for the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and the Dodgers. Afterward, he became a coach in the minor leagues.

Career Statistics
Terry (Bud) Bulling
Died: 03/08/2014
Age: 62

Terry Charles "Bud" Bulling made his Major League debut as a for the Minnesota Twins on July 3, 1977. He played sparingly having just 32 official at bats. He surfaced again in 1981 with the Seattle Mariners and played there until 1983. A notable event in his career came during May 6, 1982 when he was behind the plate for Gaylord Perry's 300th win.

Career Statistics
Sonny Ruberto
Died: 03/25/2014
Age: 68

The New York native was signed out of high school by the Cardinals in 1964 as a catcher. He played parts of two seasons in the majors. Early in the 1969 season, Ruberto was traded to the expansion San Diego Padres. He was immediately brought up to the majors and remained with the team for the rest of the year. He played sparingly as a backup to Chris Cannizzaro. The next season he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds organization. He returned briefly to the majors in September 1972, going hitless in a pair of games for the Reds. After his playing career ended, Ruberto was the Cardinals first base coach in 1977 and 1978. He then managed in the Cardinals' farm system for three years.

Career Statistics
George Lerchen
Died: 03/26/2014
Age: 91

Lerchen was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1942. His professional career spanned 12 years, two of which were in the Major Leagues. He made his debut with the Detroit Tigers on April 15, 1952. He played sparingly during that season with just 32 at bats. In 1953 he played several games with the Cincinnati Reds. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Career Statistics
Al Cihocki
Died: 03/27/2014
Age: 89

Cihocki began his professional baseball career at age 18 as a third baseman in the minor leagues where he was an All Star. He put his career on hold and joined the United States Coast Guard for the next two years, during World War II. He was discharged from the service at the start of 1945 and joined the roster-slim Cleveland Indians for the 1945 season, appearing in 92 games. This was his only stint in the big leagues. He played in the minor leagues until 1958.

Career Statistics
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