William Weinbaum ESPN
Infielder Lennie Merullo, who died at age 98 in 2015, was the last surviving Cubs player from their last World Series, when they lost to Detroit in 1945. Reserve outfielder Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last survivor of the championship-winning Tigers. In his only appearance, the rookie replaced Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg in left field for the ninth inning of Game Seven with Detroit about to wrap up a 9-3 victory at Wrigley Field, behind a complete game from that Fall Classic's other Hall of Famer, Hal Newhouser. The Chicago Tribune interviewed Mierkowicz in February and he recounted a "crazy" clubhouse celebration of Detroit's first title in 10 years.