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Brosnan dead at 84

Mon., July 7, 2014

Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series, has died. He was 84. A funeral home in Morton Grove, Illinois said he died June 28. Brosnan played nine seasons in the majors, going 55-47 with 67 saves for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox. In 1961, he was 10-4 with 16 saves, then pitched three times in the Reds’ five-game loss to the New York Yankees in the World Series. The right-hander had already drawn plenty of attention around baseball for his 1960 book “The Long Season.” Brosnan’s book, which provided an look inside the locker room, was popular with fans, but rankled some fellow players. After leaving baseball, Brosnan wrote children’s sports books and magazine articles. – AP

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