Former Dodgers pitcher Rautzhan dies at 63

January 11th, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Lance Rautzhan, who pitched for the Dodgers in the 1977 and 1978 World Series, died Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., of cancer. He was 63.

The left-handed Rautzhan, a third-round pick in the 1970 Draft out of Blue Mountain High School in Pottsville, Pa., made 80 relief appearances for the Dodgers and went 6-4 with a 3.73 ERA before being purchased by Milwaukee during the 1979 season.

Rautzhan was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the 1977 National League Championship Series against the Phillies, a game in which the Dodgers rallied in the top of the ninth inning on pinch-hits by Vic Davalillo and Manny Mota.

While playing, Rautzhan served in the Coast Guard Reserve and after his playing career ran a hotel. In 2014, Rautzhan was inducted in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal, two children and two grandchildren.