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Former pitcher and author Jim Brosnan dies at 84

MORTON GROVE, Ill. (AP) - Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series, has died. He was 84.

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The Simkins Funeral Home said he died June 28.

Brosnan played nine seasons in the majors, going 55-47 with 67 saves for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox. In 1961, he was 10-4 with 16 saves, then pitched three times in the Reds' five-game loss to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

The right-hander had already drawn plenty of attention around baseball for his 1960 book ''The Long Season.'' He gave a look inside the locker room, a forerunner of Jim Bouton's controversial ''Ball Four'' a decade later - Brosnan's book was popular with fans, but rankled some fellow players.

Brosnan also wrote ''Pennant Race,'' chronicling the Reds' run to the `61 pennant.

After leaving baseball, Brosnan wrote children's sports books and magazine articles.

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