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Noting the Death of Jim Pagliaroni, one of the '68 A's

I noticed today that Pagliaroni died on Saturday in Grass Valley, over in gold rush country, and didn't see a note about it here yet, so I thought I'd make note of it. I guess his salad days were mainly with the Pirates and Red Sox, in the first half of the '60s, but he was one of the original Oakland A's. I mentioned a while ago that he was the catcher for Catfish's perfect game.

Pagliaroni said of the final at-bat: “Rich Reese was the last hitter up and he must have fouled off about seven or eight pitches and finally went to a 3-2 count before Catfish struck him out. So it was kind of a tense situation. I don’t think Catfish knew it was a perfect game until the last pitch when Sal Bando came running into the mound saying it was a perfect game.”

Here's a link to his stats. The L.A. Times notice of his death said, "Pagliaroni later became an executive with a food distribution company in the Western United States. He also raised funds for the ALS Foundation to help honor Hunter, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in 1999."

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