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Former White Sox OF Rivera dies at 96

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(TSX / STATS) -- Jim Rivera, a former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox who helped the team win an American League pennant in 1959, died at age 96 on Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind., the team announced.

Rivera played for the White Sox from 1952-61, batting .257 with 77 home runs, 382 RBIs and 146 stolen bases in 1,010 games with the club.

"Sadly, yet another former White Sox star from our 1959 American League pennant-winning team has passed away, as Jim Rivera joined many of his teammates last night," the White Sox said in a statement. "Jim was a key member of the Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, teaming with fellow outfielders Minnie Minoso, Jim Landis and others.

"It was amazing to see the friendship and comradery among those men whenever they gathered together at a Sox game, even if it was decades after they last played together. We imagine they are having quite a clubhouse meeting today. We extend our condolences to Nancy Rivera and the entire Rivera family at his passing."

Overall, Rivera played 1,171 major league games over 10 seasons with the White Sox, Kansas City Athletics and St. Louis Browns.

Updated November 14, 2017

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