Tommy Byrne Dead at Age 87

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) _ Former major league pitcher Tommy Byrne
has died at the age of 87. Byrne died Thursday, according to his
son John, who says his father had congestive heart failure and was
in declining health the last six weeks.

After two years at what was then Wake Forest College, Byrne
fulfilled a boyhood dream by signing with the New York Yankees in
1940. He had an 11-and-2 record in his rookie year of 1943.

Byrne eventually was traded to the St. Louis Browns and also
pitched for the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators. He
returned to the Yankees in 1955, when he pitched a complete-game
victory in Game 2 of the World Series, but was the loser in Game 7
to Johnny Podres (PAHD'-rehz) and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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