Vern Ruhle, ex-pitcher and coach, dies at 55

Updated: January 21, 2007, 6:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Vern Ruhle, a former major league pitcher and coach for several teams, died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 55.

Ruhle died Saturday at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of complications from treatment for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, the Cincinnati Reds said Sunday.

Ruhle pitched for Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and the California Angels from 1974-86, going 67-88 with a 3.73 ERA. He was a pitching coach with Houston, Philadelphia and the New York Mets before joining the Reds organization in 2004.

Ruhle began 2006 as the Reds' pitching coach, but he was diagnosed during a routine physical in February and missed the whole season. He had been assigned to work as the Reds' minor league pitching rehabilitation coordinator for the upcoming season.

"The baseball and Cincinnati Reds families mourn the loss of an excellent coach, wonderful husband and loving father," the team said in a statement.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; a daughter, Rebecca; and son, Kenny.


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