Gus Suhr, Longtime Pirates 1B, Dies at 98
.c The Associated Press
01/17/04 00:39 EST
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Gus Suhr, who played
more games at first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates than anyone else,
has died. He was 98.
Suhr died at his home Thursday, two weeks
after his birthday.
Suhr set the NL record of 822 consecutive
games played, a streak that ended in 1937 when he attended his mother's
funeral. The mark stood until Stan Musial broke it in 1957.
``It's a long life. It was a healthy life
and it was a good life,'' his son, Gus Jr., said Friday. ``Everybody
should have such a life.''
Suhr Jr. said the family had a lot of scrapbooks
and shared stories about his father's life in baseball.
``Those were the days,'' he said.
Suhr hit .279 with 84 home runs and 818
RBIs in the majors from 1930-40. He spent the first 8 1/2 seasons
with the Pirates and finished with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Suhr was a hit from the start, batting .286
with 17 homers and 107 RBIs as a rookie. He posted three 100-RBI seasons
An All-Star in 1936, Suhr played 1,339 games
at first base for the Pirates.
In 2002, the Pirates honored him at PNC
Park as one of 17 former Pittsburgh All-Stars.
Suhr was promoted to the majors after starring
for the San Francisco Seals of the PCL. He hit .381 with 51 home runs
and 177 RBIs in 1929.
A memorial service was to be held Friday
in Scottsdale. He was to be buried in San Francisco.
Suhr is survived by a son, Gus Jr., five
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.