Former San Francisco pitcher dies

July 28, 2004 at 11:34 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 28 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Giants revealed Wednesday that former pitcher Ruben Gomez had died after a lengthy illness.

Gomez won the first game the Giants played in San Francisco after moving from New York in 1958. He beat Don Drysdale and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0.

Gomez died in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He had a decade-long career with the Giants, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota, compiling a 74-86 mark with a 4.09 ERA. His best campaign came in 1954, going 17-9 with a 2.88 ERA.

Gomez was the first Puerto Rico native to win a World Series game, doing so during the New York Giants sweep of Cleveland in 1954.

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