Phil Cavarretta passed away Friday night at the age of 94 of complications from a stroke. Cavarretta had been in hospice care and had been battling leukemia.
Phil Cavarretta won the NL MVP in 1945 and led the Cubs to their last World Series appearance. “Phillibuck”, a nickname given to Cavarretta from his manager Charlie Grimm, made his debut in 1934 and spent the first 20 years of his career with the Chicago Cubs. Phil Cavarretta holds many Cubs’ records (longevity with 20 seasons, single-season batting average by a left-handed hitter, .355) and he ranks in the top 10 of most of the Cubs’ offensive categories.
Cavarretta played for the Cubs from 1934 until the spring of 1954. Phil Cavarretta took over as the team’s manager in 1951 and served as a player/manager until he told P.K. Wrigley what he thought of his team during Spring Training in 1954.
Cavarretta told the Cubs’ owner that he felt his team would not contend for the pennant in the upcoming season … Cavarretta was replaced by Stan Hack following the exhibition game on March 29, 1954.
Cavarretta played 20 of is 22 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox.
Phil Cavarretta was believed to have been the last living person to have played against Babe Ruth.
The CCO sends out our condolences to the family of Mr. Cavarretta.