|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2011|
Major League Baseball Player. For ten seasons (1954, 1957 to 1965), he was a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. Born Rinold George Duren, he attended Cazenovia High School (Wisconsin) and was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Browns in 1949. He broke into the Major Leagues with Baltimore on September 25th, 1954, giving up 3 runs in 2 innings, in what would be his only game that season; he would remain in the minors the next two years (1955 to 1956). Duren (who became known for wearing thick spectacles, as well as his specialty pitch fast ball, clocked at 100 mph which on occasion would go astray) returned to the big leagues with Kansas City in 1957, but it would be his tenure with the Yankees (1958 to 1961) when he enjoyed his most successful period. Primarily a reliever throughout his career, he led the American League with 20 saves in 1958 and pitched in 3 games, 9 innings with 14 strikeouts and 1 save, compiling a 1 win 1 loss record and a 1.93 ERA, during the World Series as the Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Braves. He appeared in 2 games with the Yankees during the 1960 World Series. Duren was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels during their debut season (1961) and pitched in 40 games with them that year. In 311 career regular season games, he amassed a 27 win 44 loss record with a 3.83 lifetime ERA, in 589 innings pitched. During his career and beyond, Duren battled alcoholism (which he recovered from) and later served as an alcohol abuse educator. (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jan 07, 2011
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