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Luis Arroyo, first Puerto Rican All-Star pitcher and relief ace of 1961 Yankees, dies

Luis Arroyo, first Puerto Rican All-Star pitcher and relief ace of 1961 Yankees, dies

Posted by PanamericanWorld on January 16, 2016

Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball pitcher Luis "Tite" Arroyo, a key contributor to the New York Yankees' World Series title in 1961, has died on the Caribbean island. He was 88.

Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican to play for the Yankees and the first pitcher born on the island to be selected, in 1955, for an All-Star Game, died Wednesday night at an assisted-living facility in the southern city of Ponce, sports historian Edwin Fernández said at a press conference Thursday. 

Arroyo pitched for four big league teams over eight seasons: the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and the Yankees.

He reached his peak in the 1961 season, when he pitched 119 innings as the team's ace reliever, won 15 games, saved an American League-leading 29 games, allowed just five home runs and posted a 2.19 ERA, helping lead the Bronx Bombers to their 19th World Series championship and earning him the Fireman of the Year award.

For his career, Arroyo pitched 531 1/3 innings, earned 45 saves and compiled a record of 40-32 and a 3.93 ERA

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