Read more:Kevin Hickey, the quirky left-handed reliever who pitched parts of three seasons for the Orioles including the storybook 1989 "Why Not?" season, died Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was 56.
A Chicago native who spent three of his six major league seasons with his hometown White Sox, Hickey had been a pregame instructor/batting practice pitcher with the that club since 2004. He was discovered unresponsive in his hotel room before Chicago's Opening Day game in Texas this April. He had been hospitalized since.
Read more:SURPRISE, Ariz. - Former Ranger right-hander Terry Matthews, who pitched for the club in 1991-92, died Friday of a heart attack at the age of 47 in Menard, La.
Matthews pitched his first two seasons in the majors and went 6-4 with a 4.61 ERA. He was 22-21 in parts of eight major league seasons from 1991-99. Mathews, who grew up in Alexandria, La., may be best remembered in Rangers' circles for a mammoth homer he gave up to Oakland's Jose Canseco on April 18, 1992 at Arlington Stadium. The two-run, eighth-inning homer into the teeth of a wind was mentioned as being one of the hardest hit balls some long-time observers had seen.