Johnny Buzhardt, Former Big League Pitcher, Dies At 71

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PROSPERITY, S.C. -- One-time Houston Astros pitcher Johnny Buzhardt has died at his home in Prosperity, South Carolina. He was

The McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Prosperity says Buzhardt had a stroke several years ago and had been in declining health before
his death Sunday.

Buzhardt pitched in the big leagues from 1958 through 1968 with
the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox,
Baltimore Orioles and the Astros. His best years were with the
White Sox, when he went 9-4, 10-8 and 13-8 as a starter from 1963
through 1965.

Buzhardt's final season was with Houston in 1968, when he was
primarily used as a reliever. Buzhardt went 4-4 with five saves in
39 appearances that year. He retired with a 71-96 mark and a career
earned-run average of 3.66.

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