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Tom Butters, Joe Garagiola and Tom Singer, former Pirates figures, pass away

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  • Tom Butters, Joe Garagiola and Tom Singer, former Pirates figures, pass away

    Pitcher Tom Butters played for the Pirates from 1962 to 1965, going 2-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 43 appearances. In 1964, he had a 2.38 mark in 28 games, mostly in relief, striking out 58 batters in 64.1 innings. He died March 31 at 77 years old.

    Former Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Butters passed away on Thursday night at the age of 77, according to university officials.

    Perhaps best known as the man who hired basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Butters served 30 years as an administrator at Duke and was the university’s athletic director 1977-1997.
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    Catcher Joe Garagiola played for the Pirates from 1951 to 1953 and had arguably the best offensive campaign of his career in 1952. That year, he posted a 114 OPS+ while hitting .273 with eight home runs, 50 walks and only 24 whiffs. He died March 23 at 90.

    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."
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    Tom Singer was a baseball writer who covered the Pirates. He died in February at 67.

    Longtime MLB writer Tom Singer passed away this week at the age of 67. The sad news was announced on Wednesday, and Singer’s many friends, colleagues and readers expressed their condolences.
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