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Baseball’s John Milner Dies at 50

January 6, 2000

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) _ John Milner, a member of National League championship teams with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, has died of cancer. He was 50.

He died Tuesday, one week after his birthday.

Milner, a first bseman and outfielder, spent 12 years in the majors, coming up in 1971 with the Mets and playing with them in the 1973 World Series.

In 1978, he moved to Pittsburgh and was a member of the Pirates’ World Series champions a year later.

He split his final two seasons with Pittsburgh and Montreal and finished with a career batting average of .249 with 131 home runs and 598 RBIs.

He is survived by his mother and sister. Services are scheduled Saturday at the Neriah Baptist Church.

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