Monday, February 4, 2019

RIP - Bob Friend


Long-time Pirates' hurler Bob Friend passed away on February 3, 2019 at age 88, in Pittsburgh.


He pitched for the Bucs from 1951 to 1965, and was a 3-time All-Star. He led the NL with 22 wins in 1958 (but also led with 19 losses in '59 and '61).

Friend was 18-12 during the Pirates' 1960 championship season, and made his final All-Star team that year. He continued in the Pirates' starting rotation through his last season in Pittsburgh ('65) at age 34.

After the '65 season, he was traded to the Yankees for reliever Pete Mikkelsen, but by mid-1966 had crossed town to play for the Mets. He retired after that season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary

WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh) obituary
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2 comments:

Jim from Downingtown said...

Gimme that fresh Pittsburgh air!

Below are all the living players from the 1966-70 era over the age of 86. Five of these 17 played a good part of their career with the Pirates.

90 - Elroy Face
90 - Whitey Ford
90 - Don Mossi
90 - Al Worthington
89 - Curt Simmons
89 - Hector Lopez
89 - Ray Herbert
88 - Roger Craig
88 - Del Crandall
88 - Vern Law
88 - Bob Lillis
88 - Dick Hall
88 - Dick Groat
87 - Willie Mays
87 - Eddie Kasko
87 - Joe Cunningham
87 - Bob Skinner

Bill White said...

One of those mainstay players from my childhood. Sounds like he led an exemplary life. Thanks for posting.