Former Phillies player, Australia star Jelks dies at 55

Greg Jelks, a former Phillies player who became a baseball legend in Australia, died early Friday. According to the Perth Community News, Jelks was returning to Australia after visiting his elderly mother in Alabama when he fell asleep on the flight and could not be woken when the plane arrived in Sydney. He was 55. The cause of his death was unknown.

Signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies in 1981, Jelks played for eight years in their Minor League system, including two seasons with the Reading Phillies (1984-85). His lone Major League experience was …

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