Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RIP Bob Welch (1956–2014)

Former Dodger Bob Welch died on June 9th (i.e., yesterday, given that I haven't gone to bed yet), supposedly of a heart attack. You can read more about Bob Welch, who also had a great deal of success with the Oakland Athletics, on his Wikipedia and Baseball-Reference.com pages. Welch won an epic battle against Reggie Jackson early in his career --- in the 1978 World Series --- and he was the last pitcher (1990; 27-6) to win 25 or more games in a season. Seeing this news makes me think of Don Drysdale's death in 1993. Their ages were very similar (and way too young).

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