Recent baseball passings. All-Star reliever Campbell, Pennsylvania pitcher Duser.

Bill Campbell, a 1x All-Star relief pitcher who pitched for the Twins (1973-1976), Red Sox (1977-1981), Cubs (1982-1983), Phillies (1984), Cardinals (1985), Tigers (1986) and Expos (1987), passed away on January 6. Campbell went 17-5, 3.01, 20 saves (all in relief) for the Twins in 1976 and finished 7th in CYA and 8th in MVP voting that year. He led MLB in winning percentage and games finished, and the AL in games.

In 1977, he was an All-Star for Boston, going 13-9, 2.96 (once again all in relief. He only started 9 MLB games). He led the AL in games and saves (31). Besides his only All-Star selection that year, he was 5th in CYA (won by another reliever, Sparky Lyle) and 10th in MVP voting.

Campbell, nicknamed “Soup”, led MLB in games pitched in 1983 with 82.

He went 5-3, 3.50 for the NL Champ Cardinals in 1985, and was 0-0, 1.42 in six postseason games for them that year.

Campbell’s lifetime record was 83-68, 3.54, ERA+ 111, 126 saves. His 162-game average was 8-7, 3.54, 12 saves.

Campbell was 74.

Also passing away was Carl Duser on January 5 at the age of 90. Duser was born in Hazelton, PA, about an hour’s drive from me. He pitched in three MLB games, going 1-1, 7.88 for the 1956 and 1958 Kansas City Athletics (2 games in 1956 and 1 in 1958). His obituary mentions striking out Mickey Mantle, but that had to be in an exhibition game, since none of the three regular season games he pitched in were against the Yankees.


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