Obituaries

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

FILE - This is a March 8, 1962, file photo showing Billy O'Dell of the San Francisco Giants, at spring training camp in Casa Grande, Ariz. Former Major League pitcher Billy O'Dell, who won 105 games in a 13-year career, has died. He was 85 years. O'Dell pitched at Clemson before moving on to the majors. O'Dell died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital in Newberry, S.C. (AP Photo/Ed Widdis, File)
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Mr. O’Dell pitched for San Francisco in the World Series in 1962.

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.