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Lee Stange, pitcher on 1967 Red Sox, dies at 81

Lee Stange, seen in 1983 as a member of the Red Sox coaching staff, died Friday.Globe Staff/File

Lee Stange, a member of the 1967 American League champion Red Sox and a longtime coach in the organization, died on Friday. He was 81.

“Stinger” played parts of 10 seasons in the majors and was with the Sox from 1966-70. He appeared in 35 games in 1967, going 8-10 with a team best 2.77 earned run average over 181⅔ innings.

Stange threw two innings of relief in Game 3 of the World Series in 1967, allowing one unearned run.

Stange was 62-61 in his career with 21 saves and a 3.56 ERA. The Chicago native also played for the Twins, Indians and White Sox.


Stange was twice the pitching coach of the Sox, from 1972-74 and again from 1981-84. He then became a minor league pitching instructor for the Sox from 1985-94.

Stange also had coaching stints with the Twins (1975) and Athletics (1977-79). In all he spent 40 years in professional baseball, 23 of them with the Sox.

Stange spent nine years as the pitching coach for Division 2 Florida Tech before retiring from baseball at age 78.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara and three children, Tim, Jim and Jana. Stange also had two stepchildren, former Sox infielder Jody Reed and Paul Reed.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.