June 23, 2021

The oldest living former Cub, Irv Noren, has died (Bleed Cubbie Blue)


Irv Noren, who played for the Cubs in 1959 and 1960, passed away at his home in California November 15, aged 94, just two weeks short of what would have been his 95th birthday. He had been the oldest living former Cub at the time of his death and the 13th-oldest living former major leaguer.

Noren began his career with the Washington Senators in 1950 and was acquired by the Yankees in a six-player trade in 1952. He had his best years in New York, playing the outfield for three World Series teams (1952, 1953, 1955) and making the American League All-Star team in 1954.

The Yankees dealt him to the Kansas City Athletics in 1957 in a massive 13-player deal that eventually sent Clete Boyer to New York. From there he spent time with the Cardinals and was traded to the Cubs May 19, 1959 for somebody named Chick King, who had played a total of 15 games in a Cubs uniform.

This was the sort of deal the Cubs made often in those years, acquiring an older player (Noren was 34 at the time) who had been good several years earlier, hoping they could squeeze some good play out of him. Usually, this failed. This time, though, the Cubs actually got some value out of a deal like that. Noren hit…

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