SARASOTA, Fla. — Tom Saffell, the former major league outfielder and longtime Gulf Coast Rookie League president, has died. He was 91.

Saffell’s daughter, Cari Llewellyn, confirmed Monday that Saffell died last week. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune said he developed pneumonia after having surgery for a broken hip sustained in a fall.
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For years, former Pirates Jerry Lynch and Dick Groat were business partners. On Sunday, Groat mourned the loss of his "dear friend."

"He was the best. We were partners in business for over 60 years," Groat said of Lynch, who died early yesterday at an Atlanta hospital. He was 81.

No cause of death was revealed. Groat said Lynch, an outfielder who spent two stints with the Pirates and once held the major league record for career pinch-hit home runs, had been ailing since October.
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