Today: May 30, 2024
Today: May 30, 2024

Ken Holtzman, MLB's winningest Jewish pitcher who won 3 World Series with Oakland, has died at 78

Share This
Ken Holtzman, MLB's winningest Jewish pitcher who won 3 World Series with Oakland, has died at 78
April 15, 2024
ANDREW SELIGMAN - AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Holtzman, MLB's winningest Jewish pitcher who threw two no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs and helped the Oakland Athletics win three straight World Series championships in the 1970s, has died, the Cubs announced Monday on social media. He was 78.

Holtzman's brother Bob Holtzman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he died Sunday night after being hospitalized for three weeks. He had been battling heart issues.

Holtzman grew up in the St. Louis area and starred at the University of Illinois before becoming a two-time All-Star. The left-hander posted a 174-150 record and 3.49 ERA from 1965 to 1979 with the Athletics, Cubs, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

Holtzman won nine more games than the Dodgers' great Sandy Koufax, who was 165-87 over 12 seasons.

Holtzman played his first seven years with the Cubs, a stretch that included back-to-back 17-win seasons and no-hitters against Atlanta at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, and at Cincinnati on June 3, 1971. His no-hitter against Atlanta remains the most recent in the majors thrown without a strikeout.

Holtzman got traded to Oakland for Rick Monday following the 1971 season and joined Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter in a rotation that helped the Athletics win three straight World Series starting in 1972. He made All-Star teams in 1972 and 1973, when he won a career-high 21 games.

Holtzman was dealt to Baltimore along with Reggie Jackson on April 2, 1976, and traded again that season to the New York Yankees. He got another championship ring with the Yankees in 1977, though he did not appear in the playoffs, and was traded back to Chicago during the 1978 season.

The Cubs’ social media post said they are “deeply saddened” and “send our condolences to Ken’s family and friends during this time.”

___

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb

Popular

Jury finds Trump guilty on all charges in hush money trial

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 counts in his criminal hush money trial

Jury finds Trump guilty on all charges in hush money trial

Trump could still vote for himself after New York conviction if he's not in prison on Election Day

Donald Trump may be convicted of a felony and reside in Florida, a state notorious for restricting the voting rights of people with criminal records, but he can still vote as long as he stays out of prison in New York state

Trump could still vote for himself after New York conviction if he's not in prison on Election Day

Trump would be surprised by Cannes biopic 'The Apprentice,' says director

Donald Trump would likely be surprised by "The Apprentice," director Ali Abbasi said on Tuesday of his biopic about Trump's early years as a real estate

Trump would be surprised by Cannes biopic 'The Apprentice,' says director

Donald Trump's New York trial: Five moments that could decide his fate

A panel of 12 New York jurors will for a second day on Thursday weigh evidence in the criminal trial of Donald Trump, the former president accused of falsifying documents to hide a hush

Donald Trump's New York trial: Five moments that could decide his fate

California court weighs fate of law treating app-based drivers as contractors

Judges on California's top court on Tuesday considered whether voters had the power to allow app-based services such as Uber and Lyft to classify drivers in the state as

California court weighs fate of law treating app-based drivers as contractors

Related

Europe sets benchmark for rest of the world with landmark AI laws

Europe sets benchmark for rest of the world with landmark AI laws

Shares in Trump Media slump after former president convicted in hush money trial

Shares in Trump Media slump after former president convicted in hush money trial

NY top court rejects church challenge to abortion coverage law

NY top court rejects church challenge to abortion coverage law

Lagardere says it is closing in on sale of Paris Match magazine to LVMH

Lagardere says it is closing in on sale of Paris Match magazine to LVMH
- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer