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Ex-Reds pitcher Borbon dies at 65

CINCINNATI, June 4 (UPI) -- Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pedro Borbon Sr., who helped the team win back-to-back World Series titles in the 1970s, died Monday, the club said. He was 65.

Borbon, a native of the Dominican Republic, remains Cincinnati's all-time leader with 531 appearances and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2010.

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He died of complications from cancer and had been in hospice care, Borbon's friend and business associate Charles Sotto told MLB.com.

The hurler played 10 years with Cincinnati, helping "the Big Red Machine" win World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

He also pitched for the California Angels, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

"The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family," Reds Chief Executive officer Bob Castellini said. "Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine, and he always will be remembered for his colorful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history."

Borbon's son, Pedro Borbon Jr., was a major league pitcher who played nine seasons with five different clubs from 1992-2003.

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