Ed Ott, the former Pittsburgh Pirates player who was a World Series champion, passes away at 72 years old

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that former catcher Ed Ott had passed away at the age of 72. Travis Williams, the team’s president, expressed his sadness at Ott’s passing in a statement, calling him a beloved member of the Pirates family.

Ott played seven of his eight years in the Major Leagues with the Pirates and was a key part of their World Series Championship in 1979. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 23rd round of the 1970 June Amateur Draft and made his MLB debut four years later. During his career with the Pirates, he hit 409 times, scored 31 home runs, and had 173 RBIs in seven seasons. He also had a slash line of .267/.319/.383 and appeared in 492 games with the team.

After retiring from playing baseball, Ott went on to coach and manage in several farm systems before spending time coaching in the majors. Most recently, he was a bullpen coach for the Detroit Tigers in 2001-02. He is survived by his wife Sue and daughter Michelle.

The Pirates extended their sincere condolences to the Ott family and acknowledged their loss as a beloved member of their organization. His legacy will live on as one of an important player who contributed to bringing a World Series title to Pittsburgh Pirates.

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