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Brosnan, author and pitcher, dead at 84


Jim Brosnan, well-known for two books he wrote while pitching for the Reds in the early 1960s, died late last month, The Associated Press reported. He was 84.

Brosnan died on June 28, according to the AP report.

Brosnan, a right-hander, spent nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox. He went 55-47 with 67 saves in his career, and in 1961, he was 10-4 with 16 saves to help lead the Reds to the World Series against the Yankees. He pitched three times in that Series, which New York won in five games.

After writing the 1960 book "The Long Season," which caused controversy by giving readers a look inside the locker room, Brosnan went on to write "Pennant Race" about Cincinnati's run to the '61 World Series.

Brosnan continued to write children's sports books and magazine articles after retiring as a player.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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