Funeral services are underway Wednesday for the major league outfielder who went on to be an ambassador for the Fresno Grizzlies.

Gus Zernial died last week from complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 87-years-old.

Zernial played professional baseball for 11 years. Friends say he fell in love with the Valley after leaving the majors in 1959 and settling in Clovis.

Zernial is credited for bringing Chukchansi Park to Downtown Fresno.

Gus Zernial's funeral took place late Wednesday morning at Clovis Hills Community Church.

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