Albert Joseph Widmar
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Al Widmar, who pitched in the major leagues and later became a pitching coach, died on Oct. 15, 2005 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 80.
He pitched 388.1 innings in his major league career which lasted for five seasons and 114 games. He posted a 13-30 record with five saves and 143 strikeouts while compiling a 5.21 ERA.
He became the pitching coach for the Blue Jays in 1979 and works with pitching staffs that included Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key and Doyle Alexander. In 1991, he was promoted to special assistant to the vice president and general manager.
He made his debut on April 25, 1947 for the Boston Red Sox. Following the season, he was traded, along with Roy Partee, Jim Wilson, Eddie Pellagrini, Pete Layden and Joe Ostrowski and cash to the Browns for Jack Kramer and Vern Stephens.
In Nov. 1951, the Browns traded Widmar, along with Sherm Lollar and Tom Upton, to the White Sox for Dick Littlefield, Joe DeMaestri, Gus Niarhos, Gordon Goldsberry, and Jim Rivera.