The Obit For Fred Green

Fred Green
Former Relief Pitcher for Pirates,
Dead at 62

12/24/96; 10:15

   PITTSBURGH (AP) - Fred Green, a left-handed relief pitcher and a member of the 1960 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 62.

   Green died at the home of his mother, Edna Green, in Titusville, N.J.  Green entered the Pirates' farm system during the 1950s.  In his five-year major league career, he appeared in 88 games with a 9-7 record, and had four saves and a 3.48 ERA in 142 innings.

   ``He was a journeyman ...a good, friendly guy who'd had to work like hell to get where he was,'' said Nellie King, a former Pirates player and broadcaster. ``But there are great players who never played on a championship team. He did.''

   Green spent most of his career with the Pirates, except for a brief stint with the Washington Senators. Mona Green said her husband's greatest baseball memories were of playing on the same team as Roberto Clemente and pitching against the New York Yankees in the World Series. ``He didn't do well in the World Series ...'' she said. ``But he enjoyed being there and watching (Roger) Maris and (Mickey) Mantle in action.''

   Green retired from baseball in 1964. At the time of his death, he was a manager with Leaseway Transportation Co. of Chicago. In addition to his wife and mother, Green is survived by two sons, Greg, of Pittsburgh, and Gary, of Dallas, a former major-league shortstop and now a coach for the minor league Toledo Mud Hens.

   Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, N.J.