Former soldier, longtime baseball professional dies

(WGRV) Former Major League Baseball player and Greene County native Rance Pless passed away on Saturday at the age of 91.

Pless played one season in the Major Leagues, hitting .271 in 48 games for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. The native of theCedar Creek community also played 14 seasons of minor league baseball from 1947 to 1960 and collected more than 2,000 hits as a professional.

Pless remained active in baseball as a scout for the Atlanta Braves for 25 years, and played semi-pro ball for the Magnavox team. In 2011, Pless was honored by the Greeneville Astros as part of the team’s Hometown Bobblehead Series.

Prior to his baseball career, Pless was a veteran of the Pacific theater during World War II.

The funeral service for Rance Pless will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home, preceded by visitation starting at 4:00 Tuesday.