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Jim Brosnan dies at 84; relief pitcher wrote inside look at baseball
Jim Brosnan dies at 84; relief pitcher wrote inside look at baseball

The relief pitcher known to his teammates as "The Professor" listened to Bartok, read Dostoevsky, sipped martinis and hauled a portable typewriter from stadium to stadium. Over nine seasons in the majors, Jim Brosnan was a curveball artist who also wrote penetrating, ironic and irreverent books that are seen as the first to deliver a true, warts-and-all insider's view of the national pastime. Brosnan, who left baseball to pursue a writing career that had already angered some team owners and fellow players, died June 28 in Park Ridge, Ill., family members said. He was 84 and had been in declining health. In 1954 and from 1956 to 1963, Brosnan played for the Chicago...

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