DEMOREST, Ga. — Hall of Fame slugger Johnny Mize died at his home Wednesday at the age of 80.
He had a history of heart trouble and died of cardiac arrest.
Mize, nicknamed the Big Cat because of his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame and smooth moves at first base, played 15 seasons in the major leagues.
As a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936 he batted .329. It was the first of nine consecutive .300 seasons, interrupted by a three-year stretch in the Navy during World War II.
He had played in 10 All-Star games and homered in every major league stadium. He had a batting average of .312 for his career, with 359 home runs, 1,337 runs batted in and 2,011 hits.