Baseball fans are currently in mourning after news broke of champion Bob Friend's sudden death. Friend was a popular sports icon in the 1950s and 1960s. He played as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the early 1950s through 1965 before finishing off his career with the Yankees and Mets in 1966.
He made the All-Star team several times. Friend is famously known for defeating the Yankees with his team in the historical 1960 World Series.
According to the New York Times, Friend was found dead in his home at 88 years old. He reportedly suffered from a “cardiac event” in his sleep. Additional details were not disclosed to the public.
The Pirates organization announced the heartbreaking news via social media. Former teammates and fans will miss Friend very much.
“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we confirm the passing of Bob Friend, an exceptional pitcher and even better person,” the organization said in a statement.
“Bob was a great member of the Pirates organization and will be truly missed. We send our condolences to the Friend family at this time.”
He leaves behind his beloved wife, their children, and their grandchildren.
Please keep Friend’s family and loved ones in your prayers. In trending news, Franklin Graham requested urgent prayers for his sister, Anne, who is battling cancer.