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03/13/2011 1:41 PM ET
Former Cardinals coach Mitchell Page dies at age 59
1977 Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year dies of unknown causes
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The St. Louis Cardinals were saddened to learn today that former Cardinals Hitting Coach and Minor League Instructor Mitchell Page died yesterday (March 12, 2011) at the age of 59. Cause of the death is unknown at this time.

Page served as the Cardinals Major League Hitting Coach from 2001-04 and was a Minor League Hitting Instructor in the Cardinals organization from 1999-2000. He was the Hitting Coach for the Cardinals Triple-A Memphis affiliate in 1998. Page most recently served as a minor league hitting instructor for the Cardinals during Spring Training of 2010.

Page's Major League playing career spanned eight seasons with Oakland (1977-83) and Pittsburgh (1984). He was named American League Rookie of the Year by I in 1977 after hitting .307 with 21 homers, 75 RBI and 42 steals.

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