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Bruce Kison Dead At 68, Won 2 World Series With Pirates

June 04, 2018 - 12:40 pm

By TODD KARPOVICH ,  Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Bruce Kison, a pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979, has died of cancer. He was 68.

His wife, Anna Marie, said Kison died Saturday at the Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Florida, near his home. He had been diagnosed with renal cancer on Feb. 14.

Kison won Game 4 of the 1971 World Series when he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief against Baltimore as a rookie. He started and lost the 1979 opener against the Orioles, getting just one out and giving up five runs. He had a 5-1 record and 1.98 ERA in 10 postseason appearances, including four starts.

Kison was selected by Pittsburgh in the 14th round of the 1968 amateur draft. He went 115-88 with a 3.66 ERA, 12 saves and 1,073 strikeouts in 1,809 2/3 innings for the Pirates (1971-79), California Angels (1980-84) and Boston (1985).

After retiring as a player in 1985, Kison spent three decades in player development and scouting roles.


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