Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC
Purkey threw a nice knuckler. RIP to one of the Reds great pitchers of the 50's and early 60's.
I was too young at that time to remember Bob Purkey pitching but I know from what I've read about the man... he was good.
I second what you wrote, Randy, Rest In Peace Bob. You will be missed.
Sorry about the link not working. This was what it mentioned:
BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP)—Bob Purkey, who pitched in three All-Star games and one World Series with the Cincinnati Reds
, has died. He was 78.
Purkey died Sunday, according to the Paul L. Henney Funeral Home.
Purkey had a 129-115 record and a 3.79 ERA over 13 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates
, Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals
, last appearing in a game in 1966.
He tossed a complete game in the Reds’ 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees
in Game 3 of the 1961 World Series. He was used in relief later in the series and had an ERA of 1.64 over 11 innings. The Yankees won the title in five games.
Purkey’s best season was in 1962, when he went 23-5 with a 2.81 ERA and 18 complete games.
Purkey was 103-76 in 217 starts over seven seasons with Cincinnati (1958-64) and was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1974.
Purkey is survived by his daughter, Candy Holland, and was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, and their son, Bobby Jr.