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Fred Talbot: 1941-2013

Jan 16, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Fred Talbot, a right-hander from Virginia who pitched eight seasons in the majors for the Yankees, A’s, White Sox, and Pilots from 1963-1970, passed away last week at age 71.

Talbot had a 38-56 record and 4.12 ERA in 854 career innings despite playing in the pitcher-friendly 1960s, but I’ll forever remember him as a prominent character in the greatest baseball book of all time, Jim Bouton’s must-read “Ball Four.”

Bouton and Talbot often had an adversarial relationship as Yankees and Pilots teammates, but he was also portrayed as an amusing story-teller and the victim of a pretty great prank.

His obituary was published in the Washington Post.

  1. Joe - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    “Thank you very much for making our lives so happy, Mr. Talbert.”

  2. louhudson23 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    Had this card,along with several other Pilots,which were as common as common cards could be. His teammate Don Mincher was a hometown hero so we all payed close attention to the Pilots.Then of course the book,which I recently read once again,for probably the 5th or 6th time. Mincher later became GM of the Huntsville Stars AA club,and later Southern League Commissioner.Every time he would pass us in the stands,my brother would shout “200 major league HR’s”…Mr. Mincher would shake his head and give a little smile…every time.
    RIP to Don Mincher and Fred Talbot.I may have to read the book again,now…

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