Rick Camp, Atlanta Braves pitcher, dies at 59

Dave Tulis/AP - Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp, left, greets other ex-team members for a Braves Legends Game in 2011.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp was found dead in his northwest Georgia home April 25. He was 59.

Mr. Camp was found at his home in Rydal, about 55 miles northwest of Atlanta, Bartow County coroner Joel Guyton said. A deputy coroner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death but that there was nothing to indicate that the death was from anything other than natural causes.

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Mr. Camp played with the Braves from 1976 to 1985 and went 56-49 with a 3.37 earned run average in 65 starts and 349 relief appearances.

He is perhaps best remembered for his tying 18th-inning homer off Tom Gorman on July 4, 1985.

The game ended with the New York Mets winning 16-13 in the 19th inning.

Mr. Camp entered the game with a .060 career batting average and no home runs in 167 previous at-bats. He batted because the Braves had no one left on the bench.

It was the only big league homer by Mr. Camp, who finished with a .074 average (13 for 175).

The game went until 3:55 a.m. July 5 and was followed by a fireworks display for the approximately 8,000 people still left from an original crowd of 44,947.

Mr. Camp was released by the Braves just before the start of the 1986 season.

He became a lobbyist, was indicted by a federal grand jury and sentenced in 2005 to three years in prison for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental-health agency.

He was sentenced along with four others, including former state representative Robin Williams, who was ordered to serve 10 years.

— Associated Press