March 20, 2009

Report: Former Cubs skipper dies at 82

Former Chicago Cubs manager Whitey Lockman has died from pulmonary illness at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Yahoo! Sports reported. He was 82.

Lockman managed the Cubs from 1972-1974, after succeeding his former New York Giants manager, Leo Durocher.

As a player, the line-drive hitter and speedy base runner had a .279 career batting average.

He was an all-star in 1952, played on two World Series teams, and in 1958, was a member of the Giants when they moved from the Polo Grounds to San Francisco.

On Oct. 3, 1951, his double set the stage for Bobby Thomson's dramatic National League pennant-winning three-run homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Lockman spent more than 50 years in baseball, as a player for 15 seasons in the major leagues and as a manager, coach, front-office executive and scout.

Earlier this week, the Cubs and Giants observed a moment of silence for Lockman before their exhibition game in Mesa.