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Former Cincinnati Reds Reliever Pedro Borbon Has Died, Team Says

June 05, 2012

Pedro Borbon

Cincinnati Reds' Pedro Borbon on mound versus Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia in 1976. Photographer: John Iacono /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Pedro Borbon, a relief pitcher on the Cincinnati Reds teams that won World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, has died at the age of 65.

Borbon had cancer and died at home yesterday in Pharr, Texas, the Associated Press reported, citing his son, Pedro Borbon Jr.

Borbon, the Reds’ career leader in appearances with 531, had a 69-39 record and 80 saves in a 12-season Major League Baseball career that also included stints with the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and California Angels.

Borbon also played in the 1972 World Series for the Reds. The Cincinnati teams that averaged 98 wins a season from 1970-76 and included Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Joe Morgan as well as career hits leader Pete Rose, were known as the Big Red Machine.

“Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine,” Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said in a statement released by the club. “He always will be remembered for his colorful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history.”

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