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Former All-Star Glenn Beckert dies at 79

April 12 2020 8:00 PM

Glenn Beckert, one of the best second baseman in the history of the Chicago Cubs, has died at the age of 79. 

Former teammate and Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins posted a message on his Twitter account on Sunday saying: "We lost a great one today, Glenn Beckert. Glenn was my friend, my Cubs teammate, and the best man at my wedding. 

"He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Beckert family."

The Cubs later tweeted: “The Chicago Cubs are saddened to learn of the death of former infielder Glenn Beckert."

Beckert began his Major League Baseball career with Chicago in 1965 and played for the Cubs through the 1973 season. He was a four-time All-Star during that stretch and also won one Gold Glove Award. 

Beckert hit .342 in 1971 to finish third in the National League. 

Among second baseman, Beckert ranks in the top five in Cubs history in games played (1,247), hits (1,423), doubles (194), triples (31), runs scored (672) and walks (248). 

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