Jerry Buchek, an infielder for the Cardinals and Mets in the last half of the 1960s, passed away on January 2, 2019 at age 76.
Buchek was a backup at SS and 2B for the Cardinals in 1961 and again from 1964-66.
He was traded to the Mets just before the 1967 season, and started just over half the games at 2nd base that year.
In 1968, he fell to #3 on the 2nd base depth chart, and was traded back to the Cardinals after the season.
The following Spring he was flipped to the Phillies for veteran Bill White, but spent the entire 1969 season in AAA before retiring. (Hmm.. It seems Buchek would have been a better middle-infield option for the 1969 Phillies than rookie Terry Harmon!)