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Former Cubs General Manager Eldred “Salty” Saltwell Passes at Age 96

Former Cubs GM Eldred “Salty” Saltwell has passed away.

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The Chicago Cubs announced the death of Eldred “Salty” Saltwell on Tuesday afternoon. Saltwell had an assortment of different roles within the organization, most notably as the GM and vice president over his 30-year career.

He was 96 when he passed Sunday. The Cubs said his death was not related to COVID-19.

Saltwell helped the Cubs all across the board outside of GM and VP. He moved to Chicago in 1958. He was a concession manager, traveling secretary, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, secretary and consultant.

In his role as GM, he is known for trading Don Kessinger and Andre Thorton in the 1975 season, his one year in the role. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East division at 75-87.

Before he came to the Cubs in 1955, he worked as an usher, trainer, play-by-play announcer, traveling secretary and business manager for Sioux City of the Western League.


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