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Hobbie dies at age 77

Former major league pitcher and past BRS Museum president Glen Hobbie has died. Mr. Hobbie died on August 9 at the age of 77.

A native of Witt, Hobbie played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues. He was a right-handed pitcher and played for the Chicago Cubs from 1957-1964. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 2, 1964 for Lew Burdette. Note that less than two weeks later, those two teams made another trade -- this one the famous Lou Brock-for-Ernie Broglio deal.

Hobbie compiled a 62-81 record in the majors, including a 61-79 mark with the Cubs. He finished the 1964 season with the Cardinals organization before being dealt to the Detroit Tigers in early 1965. He played in the minors that year in what turned out to be his final professional season.

Born on April 24, 1936, Hobbie grew up in Witt. He married Sharon Lee on Nov. 28, 1959, in Witt, and she survives. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hobbie is survived by a son, Glen K. (wife Debbie) Hobbie of Ramsey; a daughter, Linda (husband Jim) Rhoads of Litchfield; three brothers, David (wife Carol) Hobbie of Hillsboro, Roy Hobbie of Godfrey, and Kenneth (wife Delores) Hobbie of Mt. Zion; a sister, Betty Hobbie of Hillsboro; and four grandchildren.

Hobbie was a past president of the BRS Museum and was part of the Illinois Stories program that featured the museum a few years ago.