Nellie King, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954 to 1957 and later broadcast for the team, died at 82 on August 11.
Though an excellent starting pitcher in the minor leagues—he won 20 games in 1948 and 16 the next season—it was as a relief pitcher that King made his mark in the major leagues. After a stint fighting in Korea, he returned stateside and put up some solid numbers at the big league level.
King fashioned a 7-5 record in 95 career games (only four of which were starts), posting a noteworthy 3.58 ERA. As a testament to his pitching ability, he was the Pirates’ second-most used reliever in 1956, behind only Roy Face.
Following his playing career, he served as a Pirates broadcaster from 1967 to 1975 alongside Bob Prince and Jim Woods. He also served as the color commentator for the final Pirates game at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000 before it met its implosive demise.
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