Ex-White Sox Pitcher Kevin Hickey Passes Away At 56

Chicago White Sox batting practice pitcher Kevin Hickey was found unresponsive in his hotel room on April 5 prior to the team's opening day game vs. the Texas Rangers, and today he passed away at the age of 56.

Hickey was a one-time softball and semi-pro baseball player in the 1970s in Chicago when he was offered a contract by the the White Sox after the team held an open tryout at Comiskey Park. He would go on to pitch three seasons for the Southsiders from 1981-1983 before returning to the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, where he would pitch for three more seasons from 1989-1991.

Hickey posted a career ERA of 3.91 in 232.2 innings pitched in his career, picking up nine wins and 17 saves.

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