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Lindblad, the Last Pitcher to Face Mays, Is Dead at 64

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Paul Lindblad , a middle reliever who pitched in the World Series for the New York Yankees and Oakland, has died after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease.

Lindblad's Alzheimer's was diagnosed in 1993 and he spent the last nine years in a nursing home. He died on New Year's Day in Arlington, Tex. He was 64.

Lindblad pitched 14 seasons, his last game coming for the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1978 World Series.

The left-hander was part of two World Series championship teams in Oakland, pitching the ninth and 10th innings to win the Athletics' 11-inning game against the New York Mets in 1973. He didn't make an appearance in the 1974 World Series.

At his funeral last week, Lindblad's casket was flanked by two replica World Series trophies.

The pitcher known as "Bladder" was 68-63 with 64 saves with a 3.29 ERA in 655 games for the Kansas City Athletics (1965-67), Oakland Athletics (1968-71 and 1973-76), Washington Senators (1971), Texas Rangers (1972 and 1977-78) and the Yankees (1978).

Lindblad was the last pitcher faced by Hall of Famer Willie Mays , who grounded out as a pinch hitter to end the 11-inning World Series game in 1973. On the final day of the 1975 regular season against the California Angels, Lindblad combined with Vida Blue , Glenn Abbott and Rollie Fingers on a no-hitter.

ยท GOLF: Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk each shot 3-under 67 and were tied for the lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu going into a weekend that again will not include Michelle Wie .

With a 5-foot putt on the 18th hole for her seventh birdie of the round, the 16-year-old finished with a 2-under 68 to match her record from two years ago as the lowest score by a woman competing on a male tour.

Even so, she was at 7 over and missed the cut by four shots. And at the end of two days, all she could do was wish everyone else well on the weekend.

"Play well tomorrow," she told Camilo Villegas , the Colombian rookie who shot 64 to finish two shots off the lead.

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