James Lorin Nelson
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Jim Nelson, who posted a 6-4 record in two seasons in the major leagues, died at his home in Sacramento, Calif. He was 57.
According to his obituary, Nelson was the starter and winner in the last game at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field on June 28, 1970. The Pirates won the game, 4-1, over the Cubs and moved to Three Rivers Stadium.
His career was cut short by rotator-cuff surgery.
In 1971, the Pirates won the World Series and, according to reports, his teammates voted to give Nelson a half share of the World Series earnings despite the fact he did not play at the time. However, team ownership did not allow him to get a championship ring because he had refused a demotion to the minors during the season.
Source: Associated Press obituary