Former All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79

Baseball Jim Hickman, a member of the inaugural Mets team in 1962 who later became an All-

Star with the Cubs, died Saturday at age 79. The Tennessean reports he had been in hospice. A native of Henning, Tenn., Hickman toiled for six years in the minors before making his debut with the 1962 Mets. Playing all three outfield positions that season, Hickman hit 13 home runs and batted .245 with the infamous club that lost 120 games. MORE: Notable sports deaths in 2016After five seasons in New York and one in Los Angeles, Hickman moved to the Cubs, where he enjoyed his greatest success splitting time between first base, third base and the outfield in six seasons. In 1970, the player nicknamed "Gentleman Jim" hit 32 home runs, collected 115 RBIs and had a slash line of .315/.419/.582. He finished eighth in NL MVP voting that year. Hickman also made his only appearance in the All-Star game that summer. His base hit scored Pete Rose on the famous play in which Rose ran over Indians catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run.Hickman retired after one season with the Cardinals in 1974. He finished with career totals of 159 home runs, 560 RBIs and 1,002 hits.The Tennessean reports Hickman's funeral will be at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, Tenn., but the details are incomplete.

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