In 1980, I worked with one of Phil's daughters (can't remember her name) at
Transamerica Insurance in Dallas. she had many great stories about her dad. All of them were Cub fans, of course!
My father, Russell Scurto, grew up with Phil. He had many fond memories of him and said he was a great guy. They can reminisce together now about the times they played ball as kids. God bless you, Mr. Cavarretta.
I was born in Chicago in 1936, but my family moved to St. Louis when I was an infant. I grew up being a Cubs fan due to my father playing ball in the Cubs minor league organization. He played High School ball against Phil who was a pitcher at the time, at least that is what recall. I also loved to hear anything about my baseball hero, number 44, Phil Cavaretta. I especially remember matching him against the St. Louis hero, Stan Musial, when the Cubs were in town. Many times Phil did not disappoint me. Please rest in peace Phil
I have already left a message, but I just want to say how it warms my heart to see the messages the family are leaving directly to Phil.
With Eternal Life - we never really die - just physically - but our souls go on living at our new Heaven address. YOU all have that down so beautifully. I love reading your comments and I know Phil must love them so much. He was a really great man, wasn't he? Thanks for keeping him alive for all of us! Love, Terry Fenwick
Hi Papa, my family and I miss you so much. You truly were the best Papa ever. We had so many good times, talking, watching baseball, even just going to the store. I am so glad that you had a few years to see my twins grow-up, Nathan and Natalie. I think about you everyday. Love you always! Love, Candace
It's been a year since you've been gone-your family thinks of you often.Christmas is hard-you loved the holiday.I'm sure you're in heaven playing ball with all your teammates ! Miss you,Love,Lori
I was raised in Aurora my older brother and I would spend our hot muggy days watching the Cubs. favorite players were, Phil, Hank Sauer and Twig Terwilliger. Great memories that syays with me always.
My best memory, although there's many, was at the home in Spring Hill. I was pitching to Phil (Jr) and you were coaching me on home to pitch "put some mustard on it - spice it up" and I tired hard. Now my boys play the game - we've got THE LOVE OF THE GAME... You passed it on... my mom & Al did, Phil did.. we'll always miss you but love the sport you lived to play. As a grandfather, you were there for me even on the road for Mets but as my parents divorced it was you, uncles - John, Phil and then my step-dad that made extra time to mentor me up. Field of dream now... we'll all be on the same team in heaven one day! God's Cubs/Rays/Rangers/insert team... Your faith in God was obvious and planted a seed as I was a seeker for years and for decades put Jesus Christ at the center. Pam, the boys and I enjoyed our occassional visits. They felt your love too.
Rest in peace. Love Jeff, Pam, Spencer and Mitch
I jokingly say I was engaged to Phil Cavarretta because when I was just 9, I had a crush on him! Phil used to come to Peoria, where my Uncle lived. He was so handsome. Sigh! My Uncle said he was going to wait to marry me but he married Lorayne instead in my Uncle's home - Glen D. Walley, 2310 Main, Peoria, Illinois. Some things one never forgets - Phil Cavarretta is one of them! God bless the family of this good man and really fine Cub player. Full and wonderful life! Love to Lorayne! I am cheering for the Cubs right now . . . they are beating the Giants as I write this. Go Cubs! Welcome HOME Phil Cavarretta! Enjoy the ball game! Terry Fenwick
To The Cavarretta Family,
I write this for my mother who is 92 yrs old, frail & cannot speak due to many strokes. She has told our family by writing on paper how proud and honored she was to have Phil be her neighbor on Cleveland Ave in 1940's. I only wished I could have had a picture of him signed to my mom before he passed. She would have been thrilled. However, after researching Phil Cavarretta I came uopn his obiituary. My heart broke. I had to tell my mom of his passing and she is deeply saddened. I enjoyed seeing my mom smile while speaking of Phil Cavarretta. I am most certain that God welcomed him with open arms. Phil was a great man on this earth. God bless him.
my sincerest condolences to the cavarretta family..when I was very young my dad would always talk about phil cavarretta..my dad was a brooklyn dodger fan..however he loved phil not only because he was a great ball player but because our last name is cavarretta. my dad and phil were about the same age my dad passed several years ago..i found it quite ironic that phil cavarretta passed on my dad's birthday 12/18..
Trying to get the e-mail address for Tony Pasquesi. He was our little league football coach in Norridge and have thought of him many times and would love to get in touch and tell him so.
My Aunt Rose taught Phil in fourth grade in Chicago. He was the only Cub I ever loved, but I loved him more when he took his great skills and desire to the White Sox. I'll never forget his inserting himself (he was player/manager) as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded to win a game with a walk-off grand slam against Robin Roberts.
Dont know if you remember when Phil and my husband, Tony Pasquesi were on a cruise together, with them being the "celebraties". Tony was with the Chicago Cardinals, and they certainly had a mutual Chicago admiration. I enjoyed having you as my buddy while our fellows were impressing the cruise guests. I hope you remember and want you to know that we had a wonderful time with both of you. Hope you are well. fondly Jean and Tony Pasquesi
To The Cavaretta Family,
I like to send you my condolences to your father Phil. He was a great man, as I spoke to him over twenty years ago in Florida, when I was twenty. Told me some great stories over the phone. One of the best Cubs players for his era. God Bless.
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Cavarretta's death. He was such a wonderful man - so kind and generous. My love and sympathy to all the family.
He can ball with Ron Santo and he old team mates again.
I met Mr. Cavarretta while playing baseball with his son,Phil Jr. at a Junior College in Florida. He was a wonderful and nice man. He always had time for me. He would answer questions about the game and life in general. My condolences to his family in this time of sorrow. Don Busby Jr. Orlando
The first time I met Mr. Cavarretta was in our local Publix grocery store.
He was wearing his Cubs cap. I told him I used to work for the Cubs (Andy Frain usher)
He responded "Well I used to play for the Cubs!" When I would run into him other occasions, We would talk about all Chicago sports.
Last time we spoke I asked if he would return to Chicago for a reunion. He said he did not think so because he did not want to fly.
Told me it was only he and Andy Pafko left anyway from that 1945 team.
My sympathies to the Cavarreta family.
It has been a tough month for the Cubs nation. First Ron Santo and now Mr. C.
when I was a young girl I LOVED the Cubs even tho I lived on a farm in Iowa. I remember Phil cavaretta when he was managing the Cubs also. One sunday the Cubs were behind, and managed to load the bases.I THINK it might have been the last half of the ninth, and he put himself in as a pinch hitter. He hit a grand slam to win the game. I never forgot that day,, It was such a reward for my faithful loyalty to my Cubs. He was such a great player!! I loved alot of players, such as Hank Sauer and Andy Pafko, but Phil Cavaretta was my favorite! My sympathies to his family!
He gave me my first autograph when I was a kid in Chicago--I must have been 10-12 yrs old at the time--I'll never forget it-- he was so kind and friendly to me as he stopped to go into his apartment on Belle Plaine ave. He talked to me a bit and laughed at my answers to his questions. He was a fine man and a gentleman. I wished I had kept that autograph.
RIP Phil-you were what heroes are supposed to be.
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Cavarretta family at this difficult time. My father was a lifelong Cub fan and therefore chose my name because Phil Cavarretta had a daughter named Patti Jo.
a wondeful player and human being may god bless you & your family in this time of sorrow he will be joined with ron santo and all the other great players
god bless nancy
There is a large knot of Cubs fans on the South Side and South Suburbs of the city, most of us Italian-American. We're Northside fans largely because we grew up with parents and grandparents who followed the Cubs because of Phil Cavarretta. Everyone I know who saw him play said he was a class act on and off the field. Our condolences.
My Dad, who passed away in 2003, was a lifelong Cub fan. He will be greeting Phil up in heaven and talking baseball with him. May they both rest in peace. Go Cubs !
I am 77 now and the 1945 series is one of the first I remember. As a St. Louis fan most of us always rooted for the NL team and we did in 45.
This was the year before I saw baseball on TV in the spring of 46. I know as fans of the Cardinals listening on radio we were usually worried when Phil came to bat. I don't remember any animosity towards the opposing teams then, especially to long time players.
I know we admired Phil for his baseball talent.
To the family of Phil,
My family and I send our deepest sympathy to you during this time of sorrow. Phil was loved by his wife, children and grandchildren.
When Phil is resurrected from his memorial tomb, he will be playing baseball with the ones who he used to play with. He won't be sick anymore and will be young again. (John 5:28,29; Job 33:25)
Phil played hard and gave it his all. What more could anyone do? For his sake and his families sake I truly hope that he accepted Christ as his Redeemer and Savior,if so then he has joined a greater team than the one he played for. We should all want to become a member of Christ's team of Saints. I pray that God will grant you peace and much comfort during this time of bereavement. Words Hardee.
phil was a hero in my childhood, my first baseball glove was a firstbasemans mit with phils name engraved(1940 era)
Phil inspired my life for the game.
I am a big fan of baseball, in which Phil played a major role in my loe for the game. He is the last ball player to play with/against Babe Ruth. Phil has a special place in my baseball room. I have one of his bats hangin on the wall. I am so sorry for your loose. He will be remembered by many. My heart goes out to his family
I remember when Phil was a player/manager of the Cubs, playing the Pittsburg Pirates, down 0-6 in the ninth inning. The cubs battled back and Phil pinched hit , hitting a home run to win the game 7-6. One of the most exciting games I ever witnessed. Ken.
I remember going to Wrigley Field as a kid and watching him play. He gave it his all his whole career.
My Dad always talked about Phil after he came home from the war. We were Phillies fans, but he knew greatness! What a heck-of-All Star Team they are getting up in Heaven recently!
To the family of Phil Cavarretta.
As A Kid I enjoyed listening to the Radio hearing Phil play for the Cubs.
So many Ball Players are leaving Us lately. Sorry for Your Loss.
Phil Jr., Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Dave and Mary Ann Bertulli. (Dave played ball with you in the 70's Valencia College)
It is sad to lose Phil Cavaretta and even sadder to know that the people who remember him as a player are leaving this earth as well.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I recall Phil, when he was in the Apartment Across from us ( I was a kid) It was Mom and Dads First Apt. Dad Always Liked Phil. RIP Phil
To the the family of Phil Cavarretta - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Phil will be missed by many.
I have been a fan of Phil Cavarretta since 1946. He provided many thrills with his play,at first base or the outfield. You could always know that he was the "Charlie Hustle" of his era, giving everything he had for his Chicago Cubs.
You were one of my heroes.....Recall you playing the Phillies when I was a youngster many times. You were a star amoung many stars. May you rest in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you Phil
And they gradually go, but are never forgotten. I can remember them all. The National especially. I was a NY Giant fan when they were in the Polo Grounds. They were players, not prima donnas. Bless you all.
To the Family and Friends of Mr. PHil Cavarretta,
I send my condolences to you all. At this difficult time may you realize that your pains are not unnotices. Our Heavenly Father is very much interested in you because" He is healing the brokenhearted one and is binding up their painful spots." Pslam 147:3. He promise us that " He will swallow up death forever." very soon.
Sorry to hear of your loss. My father was a teammate of Mr. Cavarretta and always spoke highly of him.
Cavy was always a boyhood favorite. Thanks for the memories. A real hero to young ball fans. Rest 44.
Chris Crince, Orland Park, Ill.
I saw Phil hit a pinch hit grandslam against Robin Roberts, in his prime. I do remember if Phil was player manager as I had a hard time keeping up with the Cubs when moving to California in the 50,s. He may have scouted in Visalia as the Cubs had a minor league team in the 40,s or 50,s. He was a great player along with Pafko, Sauer, Hack and the 45 team. My first game was in 45 against the Pirates..Cubs won 4-2.
Gary Sedgwick, Lemoore, Ca
As a young sports editor in his first spring training (Tucson, Ariz., 1968), I was fortunate to spend considerable time with Phil Cavarretta. He was managing the Waterbury Indians of the Double-A Eastern League. Phil was kind and helpful throughout my two-week stay; we even sat side-by-side in a rented car for many of the Indians' spring training road trips. I recall those times with fondness.
My condolences to the Cavarretta family.
I remember my Father taking me out to see you play as often as we could. You will always be a part of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. Condolences to your family.
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My Dad took me to Wrigley Field when I was 10 years old to see a major leaque game. Ralph Kiner struck out to end the Pirates ninth. Phil hit a homerun and the Cubs won 1-0. I've never forgotten Mr. Cavaretta!
You were my favorit as a mgr.you took me under your wings like a father.I will miss you old #44 you were my idol. May God bless you and your loved ones. Frank DeCastris Rockford, Illinois, former player under old #44 in the Cleveland orgainization.
I GREW UP IN CHICAGO AND MY BROTHER, CHARLES (CHUCK) MADSEN ALWAYS SPOKE ABOUT PHIL ...... THEY WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AT LANE TECH.
I rushed home, Danville IL in 1934 and got there in time to catch Phil's home run in 1 to nothing game, starting his 20 year career with the Cubs.
You were my dad's favorite! He talked about you long after you retired! I see now that you two were just about the same age. My condolences to your family, Phil
Remembering Phil at first base when we spent a week at Wrigley Field on our honeymoon in July 1947. now he's joining my husband to span Cubbie years. Condolences to the family. Sarah Putnam, Peoria, Il, and Mesa Az.
I will miss you, My first baseball glove was yours. You were an inspiration to a skinny kid who tried to play baseball. Blessings to your family.
Good bye old 44, and God keep you and your loved ones. I idolized you from Rockford, and saw you play maybe 5 times growing up. Bert Williams kept us in touch. Chicago has never had a better or more valiant soldier.
Dick Wharton...Tucson AZ
A co worker of mine often mentioned about "good old number 44". Phil was Leroy's favorite " Cubbie". Condolences to the Cavarretta family. Michael Sekich Tucson,AZ