Jim Button, former Yankees pitcher and handyman, has died at age 80, according to reports.
Button, victim of a stroke in 2012, had been struggling for several years against cerebral amyloid angiopathy.
During his 10 career seasons, he played with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers), Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. He joined the Braves in 1978, at the age of 39, after developing a ball in the belly and leaving the majors since 1970. He started five games in September this season, with a record of 1 3.
Button, who was 21-7 years old with a silver medal of 2.53 for the Yankees in 1963 and 18-13 the following season, helping them every season for the World Series, had a lifetime record of 62-63 with an average of 3.57. He was part of the winning World Series team in his rookie season in 1962.
Button won two World Series games in 1964 when the Yankees lost to the Cardinals in seven games.
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A native of Newark, raised in Bergen County, Button is probably best known for his 1970 memoir entitled "Ball Four", in which he coached readers in the pilots' only season and also revealed indiscretions – in the field and at home. the outside – who alienated it. for a time, among his former Yankees teammates, including Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.
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