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Lindy McDaniel, MLB reliever for 21 seasons, dies at 84


              FILE - In this Aug. 11, 1960, file photo, shortstop Dick Groat, left, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and pitcher Lindy McDaniel, of the St. Louis Cardinals, talk at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. McDaniel, an All-Star reliever who appeared in nearly 1,000 major league games over 21 seasons, has died. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 1960, file photo, shortstop Dick Groat, left, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and pitcher Lindy McDaniel, of the St. Louis Cardinals, talk at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. McDaniel, an All-Star reliever who appeared in nearly 1,000 major league games over 21 seasons, has died. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)

Lindy McDaniel, an All-Star reliever who appeared in nearly 1,000 major league games over 21 seasons, has died. He was 84. Bill Chambers, longtime friend and fellow elder at the Lavon Church of Christ in Lavon, Texas, said McDaniel died of COVID-19 on Saturday night at an acute care facility in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb. Steady as a long man and closer, McDaniel pitched in 987 big league games, trailing only Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm when he retired in 1975. McDaniel debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals as a 19-year-old in 1955.

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