‘Champ’ Summers; played 10 seasons in major leagues

OCALA, Fla. — Former ­Major League Baseball player John ‘‘Champ’’ Summers has died in north Florida. He was 66.

Mr. Summers’ wife, Joy, said he died Thursday after a 2½-year battle with kidney cancer.

Starting in 1974, Mr. Summers played 10 seasons in the majors for six different teams.


‘‘His favorite team was ­Detroit,” His wife said Thursday. “He stayed there the longest, and he loved the fans.’’

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Besides playing for the ­Tigers, Mr. Summers also played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres. He later spent time as a hitting coach for the New York Yankees.

Mr. Summers finished his major league career with a .255 batting average, 54 home runs, and 218 RBIs.