West Lafayette graduate, Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Friend dies at 88

West Lafayette graduate and Pittsburgh Pirate legend Bob Friend died late Sunday evening.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 6:52 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2019 11:01 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —West Lafayette graduate and Pittsburgh Pirate legend Bob Friend died late Sunday evening. Friend graduated from West Side in 1949. The school's current baseball field is named after the former Major League Baseball player.

Friend pitched for Pittsburgh for 14 seasons compiling 197 wins over 3,611 innings, including more than 1,700 strike outs. He was a four time all-star and won the World Series with the 'Buccos' in 1960.

The Pirates Organization sent their condolences to his family via Twitter late Sunday. Friend was 88 years old.

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