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Angel Echevarria, Bridgeport Native And MLB Player, Dies At 49

Charles Bennett
Chicago Cubs' Angel Echevarria smacks a single in the 16th inning to bring home the winning run against the Florida Marlins at Chicago's Wrigley Field in 2002. Echevarria, a Bridgeport native, died last week.

Former Major League baseball player Angel Echevarria has died at 49. He was a Bridgeport, Connecticut, native who played for seven seasons with three different major league teams.  

Echevarria graduated from high school in Bridgeport. He said he got his start playing with friends in the city’s Seaside Park.

He made his major league debut for the Colorado Rockies. He went on to play for the Brewers, the Cubs and Japan’s major leagues. He also played minor league ball in both Bridgeport and New Haven.

Echevarria taught baseball in Norwalk up to his death. He also offered free baseball clinics for kids in Bridgeport. He said his mission as a teacher was to give kids a sense of optimism and positive self-worth.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.