Funeral Friday for Peoria baseball icon
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PEORIA — Funeral services will be held for a Peoria businessman credited by many for putting the city's minor league baseball team on firm financial footing.
According to The Journal Star, the funeral Mass for former Peoria Chiefs owner Harold "Pete" Vonachen will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria.
Vonachen died Monday at age 87.
Vonachen was best known as the man who bought the team and named it the Chiefs in the 1980s.
He used his close ties to Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray to affiliate the Chiefs with the Cubs and give them stability. He served as the Chiefs' general manager for years.
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