UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa., March 18 (UPI) -- Three-time All-Star knuckleball pitcher Bob Purkey has died in a Pennsylvania nursing home at the age of 78.
Family members confirmed Purkey's death to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Purkey pitched 13 seasons in the major leagues, including 1958-64 with the Cincinnati Reds. He also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
He helped the Reds reach the 1961 World Series and was selected for the National League All-Star team in 1958, 1961 and 1962. His best season was perhaps 1962 when he was 23-5 with a 2.81 earned run average. He was 129-115 with a 3.79 ERA over his 386-game career.
He was voted to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1974.