- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Whitey Lockman, who doubled ahead of Bobby Thompson’s “Shot Heard Round The World” that clinched the 1951 NL pennant, died Tuesday, the Daily News reported in Friday editions. He was 82.

Lockman, who lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., told the Daily News last week that he was fighting pulmonary fibrosis. Lockman’s wife, Linda, told the News on Thursday night that her husband’s death was “very, very sudden.”

Lockman was an outfielder and first baseman and played with the Giants from 1945-1958. His career, which ended in 1960, also included stints with the Cardinals, Orioles and Reds. He was a career .279 hitter with 114 home runs and was an All-Star in 1952.

“He died with a lot of dignity, and we’re gonna ge through this,” Linda Lockman told the Daily News. “We just miss him so much.”

After his playing career, Lockman went on to manage the Cubs from 1972-74 and also served as an executive with the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins.

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