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Ryne Duren


All-Star Yankees pitcher who had coke-bottle eyeglasses and a 100-mph fastball. He was drafted from the St. Louis Browns, and pitched one video game to them in 1954 before becoming traded towards the Kansas Town Athletics, and in 1957 the Yankees. Many batters had been initially cautious with him due to his mix of poor eyesight and fast pitches. His nephew Blackie Lawless was the vocalist with the rock music group W.A.S.P. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was called after him.

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Full Name Ryne Duren
Date Of Birth February 22, 1929
Died January 6, 2011, Lake Wales, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth Wisconsin
Profession Baseball Player
Nationality American
Star Sign Pisces

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1 Made major league debut on 25 September 1954.
2 He is survived by his stepson, Mark Jackson.
3 Named to 3 American League All Star Teams (1958-1959 and 1961).
4 Member of 1958 and 1961 World Series Champion New York Yankees teams. Member of 1960 American League Champion New York Yankees team.
5 Pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles (1954), Kansas City Athletics (1957), New York Yankees (1958-1961), Los Angeles Angels (1961-1962), Philadelphia Phillies (1963-1965), Cincinnati Reds (1964) and Washington Senators (1965).



ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
1960 World Series 1960 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Pitcher
1958 World Series 1958 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Yankees Pitcher

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1 Sportswriters wrote that I wore glasses that resembled the bottoms of Coke bottles. Everyone agreed that it was a dangerous combination: a guy wearing glasses that thick and throwing a pitch that fast. But what everyone didn't know was that was another dimension that made me more dangerous than they thought. I had a drinking problem.

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