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  • Sammy Ellis, Orlando Alvarez and Joe Garagiola, former Angels figures, pass away

    Sammy Ellis pitched for the California Angels in 1968 after successful career in Cincinnati. Despite being just 27 years old, his stint in California would end up being his second-to-last campaign; he won nine games for the Angels after being used as both a starter and relief pitcher. He died May 13 at 75.

    Former pitcher Sammy Ellis, who led Mississippi State in strikeouts in 1961, died Friday in Florida. He was 75.

    There are no further details regarding Ellis' death at this time.
    Read more:

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/s...s-75/84446038/

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    Orlando Alvarez played for the Angels in 1976, hitting .176 in 15 games, hitting the only two home runs of his big league career. He victimized pitchers Stan Perzanowski and Dave Roberts. He died on March 31 at age 64.

    (translated)

    Orlando Alvarez a former gardener who saw his career cut short in its principles by a pitch on his face, died today, Thursday, at 64.

    Alvarez, who in the seventies was considered one of the main Puerto Rican prospects in baseball, was suffering in recent years from diabetes.
    Read more:

    http://www.elnuevodia.com/deportes/b...queno-2181128/

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    Joe Garagiola was a broadcaster for the Angels in 1990. He died March 23 at 90 years old.

    Legendary broadcaster and former baseball player Joe Garagiola Sr. died Wednesday at the age of 90, the Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed.

    Garagiola, who was awarded the Ford Frick Award -- presented annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball" -- by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, was the play-by-play voice of baseball for NBC for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1961. He worked alongside Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Bob Costas on the network's "Game of the Week."
    Read more:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15...sr-dies-age-90

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