Pedro Borbon, a 10-year veteran pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, died of cancer on Monday, June 4, at the age of 65.
Borbon had been in hospice care at his home in Pharr, Texas, at the time of his death, according to the Associated Press. He requested to be cremated without a memorial service, his son, Pedro, said.
Borbon played a key role in the Cincinnati bullpen during the 1975-76 seasons, as the Reds took the home the World Series Championship for two consecutive years.
The right-hander's main contribution came in four scoreless innings of relief during the 1976 National League Championship Series, with the Reds going on to win the series 3-0.
Borbon also pitched for the Angels, Giants and Cardinals. In 2010, he became the third reliever to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.
He was probably most proud of the World Series championships, Borbon's son told the AP. He would talk about it often. He was also proud that he never once had a sore arm. He could pitch almost every day.
Borbon appreared in more games than any other National League pitcher from 1970-78. The former Reds reliever holds the club record with 531 career appearances and pitched a total of 20 playoff games during his career with a 2.55 ERA.
The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family, Reds owner Bob Castellini told AP. Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine, and he always will be remembered for his colorful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history.
A Cincinnati urban legend claims that Borbon, incensed about being traded from the Reds in 1979, placed a voodoo curse on the Reds until the last member of the team's front office management left in 1990.
In 2002, Borbon admitted that it was a hoax.