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Updated: October 27, 2004, 7:20 PM ET
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Cleveland Indians: Bobby Avila, a three-time All-Star who won the American League batting title in 1954, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes and a lung ailment. He was 78.

Avila, known in his homeland as "Beto," died in a private clinic in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz, the government news agency Notimex and the Televisa TV network reported.

He played second base for the Cleveland Indians from 1949 to 1958 and also was with the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Braves ...

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