Former Reds All-Star Lonny Frey dies in Idaho

Sep 19, 2009 - 12:02 AM COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho(AP) -- Lonny Frey, a three-time All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s and 1940s and a member of the club's Hall of Fame, has died in Idaho. He was 99.

Kootenai County chief deputy coroner Jody DeLuca says Frey died Sunday of natural causes in Coeur d'Alene.

Frey, a shortstop and second baseman, was an All-Star for the Reds in 1939, 1941 and 1943. He began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933, played for the Chicago Cubs in 1937, then spent seven years with Cincinnati.

Frey was a member of Cincinnati's World Series championship team in 1940, but missed the series against Detroit after dropping the iron lid of a water cooler on his foot late in the regular season.

Frey missed two seasons while serving in World War II and later played for the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

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