Reds to keep Louisville team

Published 4:59 am Friday, January 23, 2009

The Reds plan to keep their Triple-A team in Louisville through at least the 2012 season.

Cincinnati extended its agreement with the Louisville Bats on Thursday by two more years. The deal had been set to end after the 2010 season.

Louisville was a Triple-A farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1982-97, then was affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers. It became a Reds farm team in 2000, its first year at Louisville Slugger Field.

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Werber dead at 100

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Werber, who was the oldest living ex-major leaguer and a former teammate of Babe Ruth, has died at age 100.

Werber’s son, Bill Jr., said his father died Thursday morning of ‘‘old age’’ after moving into an assisted care facility three weeks ago.

A career .271 hitter who led the American League in stolen bases three times, Werber played with Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove in stints with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Werber also was a member of the 1940 World Series champion Cincinnati Reds, and Duke’s first All-American basketball player.