Jim Brosnan dies: Former Reds pitcher and author dead at 84

MORTON GROVE, Ill. — Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball and helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series, has died. The Cincinnati native was 84.

The Simkins Funeral Home in Morton Grove, Illinois said the he died June 28.

Brosnan played nine seasons in the majors , going 55-47 with 67 saves for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox. In 1961, he was 10-4 with 16 saves, then pitched three times in the Reds' five-game loss to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

He went 29-14 with a 3.04 ERA in 190 games for the Reds after honing his skills at Elder High School. The right-hander also attended Xavier University.

Brosnan had already drawn plenty of attention around baseball for his 1960 book "The Long Season." He gave a look inside the locker room, a forerunner of Jim Bouton's controversial "Ball Four" a decade later — Brosnan's book was popular with fans, but rankled some fellow players.

He also wrote "Pennant Race," chronicling the Reds' run to the '61 pennant.

After leaving baseball, Brosnan wrote children's sports books and magazine articles.

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