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Bob Friend

1930 - 2019
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Bob Friend was a longtime stalwart pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched for the Pirates from 1951 to 1965. Over the course of his 15 seasons with the team he set franchise records in starts (477), innings pitched (3,480 1/3), and strikeouts (1,682). During his final season in the majors he played for the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Friend was a bright spot on a frequently dismal Pirates team during the 1950s. Despite leading the National League with the lowest Earned Run Average (2.83) in 1955, the team finished last in the league standings. However, the three-time All-Star was rewarded for his perseverance when the Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series.

Following his playing days Friend became active in local Pittsburgh politics, sold mutual funds, and was an insurance broker. His son, Bob Friend, Jr., was a professional golfer.

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