Elvin Walter Tappe
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El Tappe, a catcher who played in 145 games in the major leagues, died on Oct. 10, 1998 in Quincy, Ill. He was 71.
Tappe hit .207 in 304 at-bats in the major leagues and he drove in 17 runs.
He made his debut with the Cubs in 1954. That season, he played in 47 games and hit .185 in 119 at-bats. He drove in four runs that season. He played in five total games between the 1955 and 1956 seasons in the major leagues.
In 1958, he served as a player-coach for the Cubs. In 1960, he hit .233 in 103 at-bats and he served as a coach on the National League All-Star team.
He became one of the revolving managers of the Cubs in 1961 and managed the team to a 42-54 record over 97 games. He managed 20 games in 1962 and the team finished 4-16.
He coached the Cubs through 1963 and served as a scout until 1975.
Tappe and his twin brother, Melvin, did play-by-play broadcasts on stations in Quincy, Ill., for 25 years. The brothers also ran a sporting goods store that was later managed by his nephews.
Source: Associated Press obituary