Former major-league catcher, coach Berres dies at 99

Updated: February 2, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Ray Berres, a former major league catcher and longtime pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 99.

Berres died Thursday of heart failure and pneumonia at his home in Kenosha, Wis., the White Sox said Friday.

Berres was the second-oldest living major leaguer; Rollie Stiles, who pitched for the St. Louis Browns from 1930 to 1933, is 100.

In 11 seasons, Berres hit .216 with three home runs and 78 RBIs in 561 games. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934, 1936), Pittsburgh Pirates (1937-40), Boston Braves (1940-41) and New York Giants (1942-45).

Berres served as the White Sox's pitching coach from 1949 to 1966 and in 1969. Among the pitchers he worked with were Hall of Famers Early Wynn and Hoyt Wilhelm.

Berres was survived by his son, John.

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