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Dan Quisenberry

Daniel Raymond Quisenberry
Born: Feb. 7, 1953 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Died: Sept. 30, 1998 in Leaword, Kansas
Debut: 1979 | Pos: P
H: 6'2" | W: 180 | B: R | T: R

YR W L G SV IP SO ERA
12 56 46 674 244 1,043.1 379 2.76

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Dan Quisenberry, a former reliever for the Kansas City Royals, died on 1998 at his home in Kansas City, Mo. He was 45.

Quisenberry, who was known for his submarine style of delivery, had been battling brain cancer. He had had surgery in Jan. 1998 to remove the tumor and had surgery again in June 1998 when the cancer spread.

In 12 seasons in the major leagues, he posted a 56-46 record with 244 saves. He recorded 379 strikeouts and a career 2.76 ERA. His career included stops in Kansas City (1979-1988), St. Louis (1988-1989) and San Francisco (1990).

What he lacked in an overpowering fastball was made up for in his control and his sinker. In 1983, he set what was then a major league record for saves when he recorded 45. That season, he had a 1.94 ERA in 139 innings pitched.

He followed that up that effort with 44 saves in 1984 and 37 in 1985.

He pitched in the 1980 and 1985 World Series. His career record in the World Series is 202 with a save in 14.2 innings pitched.

He was a three-time All Star -- 1982, 1983 and 1984 -- in the American League. He led the American League in saves in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985.

In 1979, Jim Frey, the Royal's manager, asked Pirate pitcher Kent Tekulve, also a submariner, to work with Quisenberry.

In 1985, he signed a "lifetime" contract with the Royals that included a long-term real estate project with Avran Fogelman, co-owner of the Royals. That contract was estimated at $40 million.

In 1985, after the Royals beat St. Louis to win the World Series, Quisenberry talked to President Ronald Reagan on the phone in the Kansas City locker room. The President mistakenly called Quisenberry "Jim." A few weeks later, the Royals were invited to the White House.

Reagan apologized to Quisenberry for getting his first name wrong. Quisenberry answered with, "That's OK, Don."

Source: New York Times Obituary, Oct. 1, 1998