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Former All-Star shortstop Buddy Kerr dies at 84

NEW YORK -- Buddy Kerr, an All-Star shortstop who in the
1940s played 68 consecutive games without an error, has died. He
was 84.

Kerr died Tuesday after a short illness at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Hospital, the New York Mets said. Kerr worked for
the Mets from 1975-1996 as a special assignment scout.

"Buddy's loyalty and dedication to the Mets were unmatched. He
was a true gentleman," Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon said in a
statement.

Kerr played from 1943-51 for the New York Giants and Boston
Braves and hit .249 in 1,067 major league games. He represented the
Giants on the All-Star team in 1948. His errorless streak came over
the 1946-47 seasons and was a record at the time.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons John and Gregory;
daughters Patricia Kerr and Kathleen Kerr; and five sisters.

A memorial mass is planned for this month.