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Billy O’Dell, pitcher for Giants, Orioles, dies at 85

Mr. O’Dell pitched for San Francisco in the World Series in 1962.
Mr. O’Dell pitched for San Francisco in the World Series in 1962.(Ed Widdis/Associated Press/File)

CLEMSON, S.C. — Former Major League pitcher Billy O’Dell, who won 105 games in a 13-year career, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Mr. O’Dell pitched at Clemson before moving on to the majors. The school announced his death on Thursday after speaking with family members. The school did not reveal a cause of death.

Mr. O’Dell went straight from college to the Baltimore Orioles in 1954 and pitched in the big leagues until 1967. He was twice named to the American League All-Star team and was MVP of the 1958 game after retiring nine straight batters in the AL’s 4-3 victory.

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He also pitched for the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Mr. O’Dell’s best year was 1962, when he went 19-14 with the Giants and earned a save in the 1962 World Series.

For his career, he had a 3.29 ERA and a 105-100 career record, with 50 saves.