Former Cubs pitcher passes away

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Ernie Broglio pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1964 to 1966. (Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)
Ernie Broglio pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1964 to 1966. (Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — On Tuesday night of this week, a member of the Chicago Cubs fraternity passed away, as former Cubs pitcher Ernie Broglio died at the age of 83 after battling cancer. Broglio pitched for the Cubs from 1964 to 1966, which marked his last three seasons in the big leagues. Broglio is best remembered by his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals, which spanned from 1959 until he was traded to the Cubs in June of 1964. In 1960, Broglio was the star of the Cardinals' starting rotation, and he led the National League with 21 wins en route to winning the National League Sophomore of the Year Award and finishing third in the Cy Young voting.

Broglio was famously traded to the Cubs in exchange for a then-burgeoning outfielder by the name of Lou Brock. Brock went on to play 15 seasons for the Cardinals and retired as MLB's all-time leader in stolen bases. While Brock went on to become a first-ballot Hall of Famer, Broglio dealt with unfortunate elbow issues late in his career that forced him to retire following the 1966 season. While the right-hander's career flamed out earlier than expected, he experienced some quality years with the Cardinals. According to Broglio's daughter, Nancy Broglio Salerno, Broglio passed away at his San Jose, Calif., home.

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