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Dan Osinski, Bob Turley and Red Witt, former Angels players, pass away

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  • Dan Osinski, Bob Turley and Red Witt, former Angels players, pass away

    Dan Osinski pitched for the Los Angeles Angels from 1962 to 1964, winning 17 games and posting a 3.26 ERA in 127 appearances. He was a versatile hurler, able to both start and relieve with success. He was teammates of both Bob Turley and Red Witt.

    79, of Sun City, AZ passed away on September 13, 2013. Dan was born November 17, 1933, the first child of Veronica Osinski and Anthony J. Osinski in Chicago, Illinois. ...

    Dan signed with the Cleveland Indian's Minor League team at age 17. Dan married Marguerite (Peggy) Frew, of Barrington, Illinois in July 1960. They had one child together, Daniel D. Dan and Peggy were married for 53 years. Dan and Peggy enjoyed many family gatherings and family vacations with their son Dan, wife Laurie and their grand children, which brought Dan great joy. Dan had a special bond with his youngest grandson, Devin. Devin and Grandpa Dan spent countless hours together and were best buddies.

    Dan was one of the very first "Relief Pitchers," in baseball, where he was known as "The Silencer," by his colleagues and sports writers. Dan played for several Minor League teams before making his Major League debut on April 11, 1962. Dan played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, Los Angeles Angels from 1962-1964, Milwaukee Braves in 1965, and the Boston Red Sox from 1966-1967, where he was a member of the "1967 Red Sox Impossible Dream Team." During the 1967 World Series, Dan pitched in game 3 and game 7. In 1968, Dan was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Dan's final year in Major League Baseball was played in Houston, Texas for the Houston Astros. At the end of the season, Dan was traded to the San Diego Padres, but decided to retire to spend more time with his family.
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    Bob Turley pitched for the Angels in 1962, winning two games and posting a 3.30 ERA in 19 games (12 starts) before being shipped off to the Red Sox partway through the season. He allowed only 71 hits in 87.1 innings as an Angel.

    Bob Turley, who pitched the Orioles' first home game, died of liver cancer early Saturday morning, according to his son Terry Turley. He was 82.

    Turley pitched one single season for the Orioles in 1954, their first in Baltimore, before joining the New York Yankees where he went on to win the Cy Young Award in 1958.
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    Red Witt was the shortest-lived of these three Angels pitchers. He appeared in five games for the squad, making two starts and winning a game.

    George "Red" Witt, longtime Laguna Beach resident, died Jan. 30, 2013 after battling cancer with bravery, good humor, and grace. George enlisted in the Marines during the Korean War, and about that time his great pitching arm was discovered, leading him ultimately to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they won the 1960 World Series.

    George later earned a Masters Degree at Cal State Long Beach, and went on to a successful teaching career at Tustin High School where he met his future wife, Ellen. After retiring from teaching, George discovered his love of singing, and he sang in South Coast Singers, the InSpirit Church Gratitude Choir, and the San Clemente Choral Society. His joyful exuberance and his beautiful voice will be greatly missed.
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