MLB pitcher Don Gullett dies at 73

 February 16, 2024

Don Gullett, the former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, has died at the age of 73. 

Reuters reports that Gullett died on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024.

Further details about Gullett's passing have not been provided.

The cause of death has also not been reported. But, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Gullett, prior to his death, had been dealing with undisclosed health issues.

Who is Don Gullett?

From Lynn, Kentucky, Gullett entered the MLB in 1969, when he became the 14th overall pick of the 1969 draft. That pick went to the Cincinnati Reds, where Gullet would play for seven seasons, debuting in 1970 at the age of only 19.

During his time with the Reds, Gullett participated in four different World Series. As a left-handed pitcher, he helped the team to win two of those World Series: one in 1975 and the other in 1976.

Gullet remained with the Reds from 1970 to 1976. He had a winning record of 91 to 44 with a 3.03 ERA. But, neither his career nor his winning stopped there.

Gullet was then signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees. In 1977 and 1978, he helped the Yankees to win two World Series of their own, although he did not play much in 1978 due to a rotator cuff injury. Gullet subsequently retired.

After his retirement, Gullett joined the Reds as a coach from 1990 through 2005. For most of these years, he was the bullpen or pitching coach. The Reds inducted Gullett into their hall of fame in 2002.

Remembering Gullett

Reuters sums up Gullett's successful career in baseball, writing:

In 266 career regular-season appearances (186 starts), Gullett was 109-50 with a 3.11 ERA and 921 strikeouts over 1,390 innings pitched. In a peculiar brush with history, Gullett gave up the 660th career home runs to both Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

The Reds are among those who have offered a social media tribute to Gullet following the news of his passing. The tribute includes a statement from Reds CEO Bob Castellini.

The team wrote:

The Yankees also posted a tribute of their own, writing, "The Yankees mourn the passing of Don Gullett and extend our deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends, and loved ones."

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