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Former Phillie Fryman Dies at 70


Former Phillies pitcher Woodie Fryman, who pitched 18 seasons in the major leagues, and was inducted into the Montreal Expos’ Hall of Fame in 1995, has died. He was 70.

Fryman, a lefthander, played for the Phillies from 1968 to 1972 and went 46-52 with a 3.76 ERA in four-plus seasons. In ’68, he went 12-14 and posted a 2.78 ERA in 32 starts and two relief appearances en route to his first All-Star selection.

Overall, Fryman was 141-155 from 1966-83 with the Phillies, Expos, Pirates, Tigers, Reds and Cubs. He pitched primarily in relief late in his career, saving 17 games for Montreal in 1980.

Fryman died Friday at his home in Ewing, Ky. – where he was a tobacco farmer – after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

-Always a shame to lose a part of the Phillies fraternity. For some of the older Phillies fans, you may remember that Fryman tossed four one-hitters and was part of the trade that sent Jim Bunning to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1968 season.

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