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Milt Pappas Dies at Age 76

Former pitcher Milt Pappas was found dead in his home in Beecher, Illinois early Tuesday. He was born on May 11th, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan.

“Pappas ended his impressive career wearing a Cubs uniform and we will always consider him part of the Chicago Cubs family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, relatives and fans as we mourn this loss.” 

-Chicago Cubs Statement

Milt made his debut on August 10th, 1957.  He spent nine years with the Baltimore Orioles, four years with the Chicago Cubs, and three years with the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds.  He was an All-Star in 1962 and 1965, and even started the game in 1965.

He is also known in Chicago for pitching a no hitter on September 2nd, 1972.  He struck out six and walked one.  The one walk was given up to Larry Stahl in the top of the 9th inning, with two outs, on a 3-2 count.

In his career, Milt pitched in 520 games, starting in 465 of them.  He finished his career with a record of 209-164 with a 3.40 earned run average, while striking out 1,728 in 3,186 innings pitched.  Milt played his last game on September 18th, 1973 in a Chicago Cubs uniform.

In his personal life, Milt’s wife. Carole, went missing on September 11th, 1982.  After nearly five years with no sign of her body, her car, or her clothing, investigators found her car and her body in a pond four blocks away from the Pappas home. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning.

Milt Pappas will always be remembered as an exemplary pitcher.

He is most likely chatting with the umpire that called ball four to Larry Stahl.

Don’t worry, pal,

It’s a strike in the Cubs’ hearts.

Pappas as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

Milt Pappas as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

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