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Lennie Merullo dies at age 98

CHICAGO -- Lennie Merullo, who had been the oldest living former Chicago Cubs player, died Saturday at the age of 98.

The Cubs announced Merullo's death in a statement but did not reveal any details.

Merullo was the last living person to play for the Cubs in the World Series. In 1945, Merullo tied a career high with 37 RBIs. In the seven-game World Series, won by the Detroit Tigers, he went 0-for-2.

He made his Cubs debut on Sept. 12, 1941, at the age of 24. He played seven seasons, batting .240 with six home runs and 152 RBIs. He played all but one of his 602 career games in the field at shortstop and was later a scout for the team.

His grandson Matt Merullo played six seasons in the major leagues from 1989 to '95, the first four of which were with the Chicago White Sox.

Last season, Lennie Merullo made his final visit to Wrigley Field when he threw out the first pitch and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh inning.

"If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie's eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time," chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.