Former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch dies at age 57.

Bob Welch

Bob Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch has died after suffering a heart attack at his home last night, the Dodgers announced Tuesday. He was 57.

Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87, winning 115 games. He started game one of the National League Championship Series in 1978 and 1981, winning the first.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Welch,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “He was one of the greatest competitors to wear the Dodger uniform. Dodger fans will always remember his confrontation with Yankee great Reggie Jackson in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series, when the 21-year-old rookie struck out Jackson to end the game.”

As a 21-year-old rookie, Welch was called on to close out game two of the 1978 World Series at Dodger Stadium. His final pitch ended a nine-pitch duel with Jackson to earn the save:


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