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07/21/2008 6:49 PM ET
Chicago Cubs mourn the passing of Hall of Fame baseball writer Jerome Holtzman
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Hall of Fame baseball writer Jerome Holtzman.

"The Chicago Cubs are terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall-of-Fame baseball writer Jerome Holtzman," Kenney said. "Jerome's contributions to the game of baseball were immense, from creating the modern-day save rule to his role as Baseball's Official Historian following his retirement from the Chicago Tribune nine years ago.

"More so, however, Jerome for more than 40 years was a primary link between Chicago baseball fans and their beloved teams. He was an accomplished writer who earned respect both from his readers and from those whom he covered. On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs family, I send our heartfelt condolences to Jerome's wife, Marilyn, and to his entire family."

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