Eddie Kasko, a former MLB infielder who was an All-Star during his 10-year career, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old.
The Boston Red Sox, for whom Kasko played in the last year of his career in 1966, announced his passing. No cause of death was initially given.
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Kasko served two years in the Korean War from 1952-1954 with the United States Army Combat Engineers before making his baseball debut.
He began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957 before moving on to play for the Cincinnati Reds from 1959 to 1963. He was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1961 over a four-year period (1959-1962 ) when Major League Baseball had two of those games every year.
The New York Times wrote at the time that having two All-Star Games meant more money for MLB, but by 1962 the second game was abandoned rather than paying more to players.
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In 1964 and 1965, Kasko played for the Houston Colt .45s (later renamed Astros) and ended his career with the Red Sox. He batted .264 with an OPS of .648, 22 home runs and 261 RBIs in 1,077 games.
The New Jersey native managed the Red Sox from 1970 to 1973, but never won more than 90 games at the helm.
After his managerial career with the Red Sox, he served as a front office scout, scouting director, vice president of baseball development, and helped the organization sign players like Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Mo Vaughn.
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He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2010. He is survived by his two sons, Michael and James. His wife, Catherine, died in December 2015. They had been married for 57 years.