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HOF coach Chuck Brayton dies

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, the long-time Washington State baseball coach and college Hall of Famer who had 1,162 career wins, has died at the age of 89.

The university said Brayton died on Saturday morning.

"On behalf of Washington State University, I offer our condolences to Eileen and the entire Brayton family," WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos said. "In my opinion, there has never been a greater Cougar icon than Bobo.

"Like so many, my life was touched and inspired by this wonderful teacher, mentor and friend," Moos said. "He will be dearly missed."

Brayton played baseball, football and basketball at Washington State.

After graduating in 1950, he became a baseball coach for 11 years at Yakima Valley Community College. In 1961 he became the baseball coach at Washington State.

He led the Cougars for 33 seasons (1962-94) and won nearly 70 percent of his games. His teams captured 21 conference titles, made 10 NCAA postseason appearances and two trips to the College World Series, in 1965 and 1976.

At retirement, Brayton's victories ranked fourth on the NCAA all-time list.