Johnny Buzhardt, former big league pitcher, dies at 71

PROSPERITY, S.C. -- Johnny Buzhardt, who pitched for the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox during 11 seasons in the major leagues, has died. He was 71.

Buzhardt had a stroke several years ago and had been in declining health, according to the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. He died Sunday at his home.

Buzhardt pitched in the big leagues from 1958-68 with the Cubs, Philadelphia, the White Sox, Baltimore and Houston. His best years were with the White Sox when he went 9-4, 10-8 and 13-8 from 1963-65.

Buzhardt's final season was with Houston in 1968 when he was primarily used as a reliever. Buzhardt went 4-4 with five saves in 39 appearances that year. He retired with a 71-96 mark and a career ERA of 3.66.

He leaves a wife, two sons and a daughter.