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Ex-MLB pitcher, longtime Giants executive Dick Tidrow dies at 74

Ex-MLB pitcher, longtime Giants executive Dick Tidrow dies at 74
Dick Tidrow was credited with helping the Giants draft Tim Lincecum (L), Madison Bumgarner, Jonathan Sanchez and many other pitchers who led the franchise to three World Series championships. File photo by Jeff Chiu/UPI | License Photo

July 14 (UPI) -- Dick Tidrow, a former MLB pitcher who later became a longtime member of the San Francisco Giants' front office, has died. He was 74.

The Giants announced his death Wednesday on behalf of the Tidrow family. The team said he died unexpectedly Saturday in Lee's Summit, Mo.

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"Our entire organization is heartbroken by the news of Dick's passing," Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in the news release. "So much of our success over these past three decades is directly linked to Dick's contributions.

"He will be truly missed by all of us and our thoughts are with Mari Jo and his entire family during this difficult time."

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Tidrow pitched in parts of 13 seasons for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. The right-hander finished with a 100-94 career record and 3.68 ERA over 620 appearances (138 starts).

Tidrow most recently served as the Giants' senior adviser to the president of baseball operations. He spent 28 seasons in multiple roles with the Giants after joining the organization before the 1994 season as a scout.

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He was credited with helping the Giants draft Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Jonathan Sanchez and many other pitchers who led the franchise to three World Series championships.

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Before returning to his native San Francisco, Tidrow was a special assignment scout for the Yankees from 1985-93.

Tidrow, born May 14, 1947, attended high school and college in the East Bay suburb of Hayward. He graduated from Mount Eden in 1965 and Chabot Junior College two years later.

He is survived by his wife, Mari Jo, three children -- Andy, Matt and Richelle -- and one grandchild, Trista.

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