Former pitcher, Michigan native Bob Welch dies at 57 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Former pitcher, Michigan native Bob Welch dies at 57

Former pitcher, Michigan native Bob Welch dies at 57

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Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch has died at the age of 57.  No immediate cause of death was available.  The announcement came from the Oakland A's, one of Welch's former teams.  He was in Seal Beach, California when he passed away.

Welch attended Hazel Park High School and Eastern Michigan.  He was a first round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1977.

It was during the World Series the following year when Welch gained instant fame.  As a 21 year old rookie he won a showdown with Reggie Jackson by striking out the Yankee's slugger to finish game 2.  

He was a two time all star and had his best season with Oakland in 1990 when he was 27-6 and won the Cy Young Award.  

Welch battled alcoholism during his playing days and chronicled his problems in his book "Five O'Clock Comes Early."    
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