Former Blue Jays pitcher Underwood dies

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KOKOMO, Ind. -- Former major-league pitcher Tom Underwood, who played 11 seasons and began his career with the Phillies, passed away from cancer at the age of 56.

According to the Tribune, Underwood, a native of Kokomo, died in West Palm Beach on Monday after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Underwood was a second-round draft choice of Philadelphia in 1972 and made his pro debut for the Phils in 1974.

He was 28-20 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 89 games (60 starts) over three-plus seasons with the franchise. He posted a career-best 14 wins in 1975, then went 10-5 with a 3.53 ERA the next season as the Phillies claimed their first NL East division crown.

Underwood was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in June 1977 in a trade which brought Bake McBride to Philadelphia. Until his final season in 1984, he pitched for the Cardinals, Blue Jays, Yankees, Athletics and Orioles.

Over 379 games (203 starts), Underwood finished with an 86-87 record, 3.89 ERA, 35 complete games and 18 saves.


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