Former Astro Dave Bergman Passes Away at 61

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Word broke Monday evening that former Astro Dave Bergman passed away at the age of 61 after a long bout with cancer.

Bergman played in parts of four seasons for the Astros from 1978 to 1981. He was acquired from the New York Yankees as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Cliff Johnson to New York for Mike Fischlin and Randy Niemann.

In his time with Houston, Dave Bergman hit .247 with a home run and 17 rbi while compiling an on-base percentage of .358. He later wound up with the Detroit Tigers, the team for which he would play for between 1984 and 1992. He finished with a career batting average of .258 with 54 home runs, 289 rbi and an OBP of .348 over 17 seasons.

In 1984 with the Tigers, Bergman drove in a career-high 44 as he and Detroit went on the win the World Series against the Padres in five games. Here is his crowning moment from that season.

Dave Bergman is survived by his wife and three children.

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