Vernon Gerald Ruhle
Born: January 25, 1951 in Coleman, Mich.
Died: January 20, 2007 in Houston, Texas
Debut: 1974 | Pos: P
H: 6'1" | W: 187 | B: R | T: R
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Vern Ruhle, a former pitcher and pitching coach, died Jan. 20, 2007 in Houston, Texas. He had been battling cancer. He was 55.
He pitched for 13 seasons in the major leagues, posting a 67-88 record in 1,411.1 innings pitched. His career numbers include 11 saves, 582 strikeouts and a 3.73 ERA. His pitching career include Detroit (1974-1977), Houston (1978-1984), Cleveland (1985) and California (1986).
He had worked as a pitching coach for Houston, Philadelphia and the New York Mets prior to joining the Reds organization in 2004.
He began 2006 as a pitching coach, but had been diagnosed with cancer in February during a routine physical and had missed the entire season.
He pitched in the 1980 NLCS, the 1981 NLDS and the 1986 ALCS. He pitched in three games in postseason play, including two starts. He finished with an 0-1 record and 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched.