Former Pirate announcer King dies

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PITTSBURGH - Nelson King, a former pitcher and announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82.

He had been battling several health problems for the past couple of years, including colon cancer and pneumonia.

King pitched for the Pirates from 1954-57 and posted a 7-5 record mostly as a relief pitcher.

He began his career in the broadcast booth in 1967 and worked there as an announcer until 1975. During his tenure, the Pirates won five National League Eastern Division titles and the World Series in 1971.

After leaving the booth, he went to Duquesne University to assume a role as sports information director and remained there until retiring in 1992. During that time, he was also publicity director for the Eastern Eight Conference, now known as the Atlantic 10, and also coached Duquesne's men's golf team.

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Nelson King, a former pitcher and announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82.

He had been battling several health problems for the past couple of years, including colon cancer and pneumonia.

King pitched for the Pirates from 1954-57 and posted a 7-5 record mostly as a relief pitcher.

He began his career in the broadcast booth in 1967 and worked there as an announcer until 1975. During his tenure, the Pirates won five National League Eastern Division titles and the World Series in 1971.

After leaving the booth, he went to Duquesne University to assume a role as sports information director and remained there until retiring in 1992. During that time, he was also publicity director for the Eastern Eight Conference, now known as the Atlantic 10, and also coached Duquesne's men's golf team.


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