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Orioles' 1950s All-Star Southpaw, Billy O'Dell passes away at age 85.

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  • Orioles' 1950s All-Star Southpaw, Billy O'Dell passes away at age 85.

    Billy O'Dell, Most Valuable Player of the 1958 All-Star game and an Oriole from 1954 to 1959 passed away from Parkinson's Disease on Sept 12. at the age of 85 in Newberry, South Carolina . He was a two -time all-star for the O's in 1958 and 1959 and went 19-14 in1962, his winningest season, to help the San Francisco Giants reach the World Series. O'Dell's career consisted mostly of two stops with the Orioles (1954, 1956-1959) and the Giants (1960-1965).around the majors for two more years as a reliever for the Pittsburgh Pirates through 1967, posting an excellent record in the Pirates near- run to the 1966 NL pennant. He signed out of Clemson University in his native South Carolina and was making his MLB debut shortly thereafter on June 20, 1954, during the Orioles inaugural season in Baltimore. O'Dell compiled a career record of 105-100. In the 1958 All-star game O'Dell entered the game at the start of the seventh inning and he preserved a one-run lead, retiring 9 consecutive batters, and striking out 5 future hall of famers.

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