Phil Cavarretta: Chicago Cubs Legend Dies At 94

Pedro GonzalezContributor IDecember 19, 2010

Wrigley Field Has Lost One Of Its Legends
Wrigley Field Has Lost One Of Its LegendsJamie Squire/Getty Images

Phil Cavarretta, best known for winning in 1945 the National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs, has passed away.

Cavarretta was born and raised in Chicago. At age 17, he was signed by the Cubs as a amateur free agent in 1934. From that day on he built a relationship with the Cubs organization that lasted 20 years.

The lefty had his best year in 1945; besides winning the NL MVP Award and having the best batting average in his career (.355), he took the Cubs to their last World Series appearance where they lost to the Detroit Tigers.

Although he played most of his career wearing the Cubs jersey, this legendary player ended his playing days in the southside playing for the White-Sox.

He ended up with a .293 batting average, 95 home runs and 920 RBIs in his whole career in the majors

According to the Associated Press, Cavarretta was battling with leukemia and had suffered a stroke days earlier.

Cavarretta died Friday evening in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from the stroke.