Lennie Merullo passed away Saturday at the age of 98. Merullo played for the Chicago Cubs from 1941-47 and finished his seven-year career in the big leagues with a .240/.291/.301 line with 92 doubles, eight triples and six home runs in 639 games. Merullo played all but one game at shortstop.
Lennie Merullo was the last living man to have played for the Cubs in a World Series.
Merullo batted .239/.297/.299 with 18 doubles and two home runs in 121 games for the 1945 National League Champions.
The following is a statement released from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts regarding the passing of Lennie Merullo at the age of 98:
“We were saddened to hear the news our oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passed away earlier today. While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season. When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945, Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement, as he threw out the first pitch and led the entire ballpark in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame’” joined by family and friends. If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie’s eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time. He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him.”