Former Braves Pitcher Rick Camp – Dead at 59

Camp, RickFormer Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp, reportedly died Thursday.  He was 59.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, authorities said there was nothing that suggested Camp’s death was a result of anything other than natural causes.

Camp, a native of Trion, Georgia – spent nine years on the Braves pitching staff, primarily in the bullpen.  The organization drafted him in the seventh round in 1974.

Camp logged a 1.91 ERA in 1980 – a feat which helped him place 20th in the balloting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award; in ’81 he compiled a 9 – 3 record with an ERA of 1.78 to go along with 17 saves.

Camp tallied 21 victories between 1982 and 1983, spending time in both the starting rotation and bullpen.  In all, he recorded a 3.37 ERA and a 56 – 49 record in the big leagues.


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