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Born in 1916, Philip Joseph Cavarretta was a Major League Baseball first baseman, outfielder, and manager. Cavarretta played for 20 seasons with the Cubs from 1934-1953, and was voted National League Most Valuable Player in 1945 after leading the Cubs to winning the pennant and batting with a .355 average. Cavarretta became a manager of the Cubs in 1951 until moving to the White Sox in 1954, where he ended his career in the Major Leagues. He then became a manager for the minor leagues from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1965-1972. During his career, Cavarretta had a .293 batting average with 95 home runs and 920 runs batted in (RBI). Cavarretta died of complications from a stroke in 2010, and was also battling leukemia at the time of his death.
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