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Terry Mathews, former Royals pitcher, and Charlie Metro, former Royals manager, die

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  • Terry Mathews, former Royals pitcher, and Charlie Metro, former Royals manager, die

    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.
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    Metro actually died a while ago, I just never reported it here.

    If legends are made by the number of stories told about them, Charlie Metro qualifies hands down.

    Metro also was a great storyteller, particularly when it came to talking about his 47 years in baseball. His spectrum included managing stops with the Denver Bears, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals.

    Metro, 91, died Friday in Buckingham, Va., of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. Services were in Buckingham and a Celebration of Life is scheduled April 9 in Denver. He had operated a ranch northwest of Arvada and raised quarter horses until three years ago, when he moved to Buckingham.
    Read more: Former Bears manager Metro dies at 91 - The Denver Post

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