Former major league pitcher Lee Stange died Friday, according to the Boston Red Sox. He was 81.
Stange was a member of Boston’s “Impossible Dream” team in 1967 that won the team’s first American League pennant in 21 years. The right-hander went 8-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 35 appearances (24 starts) that season and pitched two innings of relief in Game 3 of the World Series that was won in seven games by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Stange pitched 10 big league seasons and went 62-61 with 21 saves and a 3.56 ERA. He won a career-best 12 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1963.
Stange pitched for the Twins from 1961-64 before moving on to the Cleveland Indians (1964-66), Red Sox (1966-70) and Chicago White Sox 1970).
Stange was later the Red Sox pitching coach on two occasions and spent 23 years in the organization as a player, coach and instructor.
Among Stange’s survivors is step-son Jody Reed, a former major league second baseman with Boston and four other teams.
—Field Level Media