SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Former Dodgers pitcher and Cy Young-winner Bob Welch has died at the age of 57, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday.
The team said in a statement the two-time All-Star died in Seal Beach, California, on Monday night. A cause of death was unavailable.
Welch played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1978 to 1987 before he was traded to the A’s, who he played for until 1994.
He gained national fame as a 21-year-old rookie when he struck out Reggie Jackson with two men on base and two outs in the top of the 9th inning of Game 2 of the 1978 World Series when the Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees.
Welch was the last pitcher to win 25 games in a season, going 27-6 in 1990 to win the Cy Young Award. He was also the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the 2001 World Series.
He is survived by his three children and former wife Mary Ellen.