Former White Sox, Orioles pitcher dies at 56Kevin Hickey, a Chicago White Sox pregrame instructor who pitched in six major league seasons with the White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, has dies Wednesday in Chicago.
By: Associated Press report, Associated Press
CHICAGO — Kevin Hickey, who pitched in six major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 56.
The White Sox said Hickey died Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He had been in intensive care after his transfer from a Dallas hospital last month after missing the team's workout before Opening Day. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Hickey, a left-hander, pitched with the White Sox from 1981-83 and the Orioles from 1989-91, compiling a 9-14 record, 3.91 ERA and 17 saves in 231 relief appearances.
A Chicago native, Hickey didn't play high school baseball. But after competing in 16-inch softball and semipro baseball, he was invited to a Comiskey Park tryout and offered a minor-league contract. He pitched three minor-league seasons before making his major league debut.
He had been the White Sox's pregame instructor since 2004.
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