Ex-Pitcher Steve Hamilton Dies
Dec. 03, 1997
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) _ Steve Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 reliever who pitched in two World Series for the New York Yankees in the 1960s, died of cancer Tuesday night. He was 63.
His death was announced by Morehead State University, where Hamilton was athletic director and baseball coach and had been a three-sport athlete.
The left-hander pitched in the majors from 1961 to 1972 with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, both Chicago teams, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees.
He enjoyed his greatest success during his eight years with the Yankees, appearing in the World Series in 1963 and 1964. Toward the end of his career, Hamilton developed a blooper pitch, the ``Folly Floater,'' which he threw from a hesitation motion.
He had a 40-31 record, with 42 saves, including 11 for the Yankees in 1968.
``He was a heck of a relief pitcher and a very fine guy,'' Yankees executive Arthur Richman said.
Before joining the majors, Hamilton played two seasons in the NBA with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1958-60, averaging 4.5 points a game.
Hamilton starred at Morehead in baseball, basketball and track. He coached baseball at Morehead for 14 seasons and was the school's most successful coach with 305 victories. He became athletic director in 1987.
Funeral arrangements were pending.