Former New York Yankees pitcher Luis Arroyo passed away Wednesday at the age of 88 in his home country of Puerto Rico.
According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the pitcher’s daughter said he was diagnosed with cancer in December and died Wednesday. Arroyo was the first Puerto Rican-born player to play for the Yankees, and the team offered its condolences on Twitter:
The Yankees mourn the passing of former reliever Luis Arroyo. pic.twitter.com/4uQpUOvqJY— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 14, 2016
Arroyo pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956-57, the Cincinnati Reds in 1959 and the Yankees from 1960-63. He was an All-Star in his rookie season in St. Louis, but his best year in the majors came in 1961 when he helped the Bronx Bombers win the World Series.
He finished with a 15-5 record, 2.19 ERA and major league-best 29 saves that season and even earned a victory in the Fall Classic over Cincinnati. He made his second and final All-Star team in 1961 as well.
He finished with a 40-32 record, 45 saves and 3.93 ERA throughout his eight career seasons.