Former White Sox Pitcher Hal Trosky Jr. Dies

Hal Trosky Jr. of Shueyville stands next to an old wooden barn door in the Fruehauf barn on old Highway 30/16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids. As a youngster he worked in the all brick, concrete and steel barn when his father owned it in the early 1950s. Photo was taken Tuesday, June 3, 2008. (Dave Rasdal/The Gazette)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Hal Trosky Jr., who briefly played in the major leagues and was the son of the late Cleveland Indians great Hal Trosky Sr., has died. He was 76.

Teahen Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids says the younger Trosky died Friday at Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha following a short illness.

Trosky was born in Cleveland and played five seasons in the minors after being signed by the Chicago White Sox out of high school.

In 1958, he pitched two games for the White Sox. The Iowa Baseball Hall of Famer stopped playing after the 1961 season.

His father played first base for Cleveland from 1933 to 1941 and the White Sox in 1944 and 1946. He hit 216 homers with Cleveland — the fifth-most in franchise history.

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