Former All-Star reliever Bill Campbell dies at 74

Former longtime reliever Bill Campbell has died at the age of 74.

According to reports, Campbell died Friday after a battle with cancer.

Campbell, a right-hander, pitched 15 seasons from 1973-87 and was a two-time Fireman of the Year. He was an All-Star for the Boston Red Sox in 1977 when he had a career-best 31 saves while winning his second straight AL Fireman award.

Campbell spent his first four seasons with the Minnesota Twins and went 17-5 with 20 saves and 3.01 ERA in 167 2/3 innings of relief in 1976. He led the American League with 78 appearances and placed seventh in AL Cy Young voting.

He joined the Red Sox as a free agent and the following season went 13-9 in 140 innings of relief. He was fifth in AL Cy Young balloting.

Campbell also led the majors with 83 appearances in 1983 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Overall, Campbell went 83-68 with a 3.54 ERA and 126 saves in 700 appearances (nine starts) with the Twins (1973-76), Red Sox (1977-81), Cubs (1982-83), Philadelphia Phillies (1984), St. Louis Cardinals (1985), Detroit Tigers (1986) and Montreal Expos (1987).

–Field Level Media

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