12/18/10 11:10 PM EST
Former NL MVP Cavarretta dies at 94
Three-time All-Star led Cubs to 1945 World Series appearance
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Cavarretta died in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from a stroke, his grandson, Jeffrey Brown, told The Associated Press. He told the AP in a phone interview that Cavaretta, who had been battling leukemia and suffered the stroke several days ago, died in a hospice care center.
Cavarretta played in the Majors for 22 seasons from 1934-55 with 20 of those years coming with the Cubs before playing for the cross-town White Sox in his final two seasons.
A three-time All-Star, his best season came in '45 when he led the NL with a .355 batting average and a .449 on-base percentage. He also helped lead the Cubs to the World Series that season but they lost to the Tigers in seven games.
Cavarretta, a first baseman and outfielder, finished his career with a .293 batting average, 95 home runs and 920 RBIs in 2,030 games.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.