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Former FAMU, MLB pitcher Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant passes away

Former FAMU and MLB pitcher Mudcat Grant has died at the age of 85.
Former FAMU and MLB pitcher Mudcat Grant has died at the age of 85.(Florida A&M Athletics)
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Former Florida A&M and Major League Baseball pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant has passed away at the age of 85, according to a press release from FAMU.

Grant spent 14 years in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Lacoochee, Florida native was the first Black player in American League history to win 20 games, going 21-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 1965.

Grant also became the first Black pitcher in the American League to win a World Series game, leading the Twins to wins in Game 1 and Game 6 over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the same ‘65 season.

“Florida A&M University and Rattlers everywhere join Major League Baseball and the family of Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant in mourning his loss,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “His contributions to the game and the legacy he paved have continued to inspire the African American community and those who enjoy America’s National Pastime.”

Grant retired following the 1971 season. He finished his Major League career going 145-119 with a 3.63 ERA and 54 saves.

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