Former Cubs GM Eldred 'Salty' Saltwell dies at 96

CHICAGO -- Eldred "Salty" Saltwell, who worked in a variety of roles including general manager and vice president over 30 years with the Cubs, has died, the team said Tuesday. He was 96.

The Cubs said his death Sunday was not related to the coronavirus.

Arriving in Chicago in 1958, Saltwell served as concession manager, traveling secretary, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, secretary, general manager, vice president and consultant. He replaced John Holland as general manager after the 1975 season and lasted one year in that role, drawing criticism for trading shortstop Don Kessinger and first baseman Andre Thornton as the Cubs finished fourth in the National League East at 75-87.

Saltwell worked as an usher, trainer, play-by-play announcer, traveling secretary and business manager for Sioux City of the Western League from 1947 to 1954. He moved to the Western League office in 1954 and began work in the Cubs organization a year later with stops in Des Moines, Los Angeles and Fort Worth before arriving in Chicago.