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Reds Hall of Famer O'Toole dies at 78

CINCINNATI -- Former Reds pitching great Jim O'Toole, a member of the team's Hall of Fame who spent nine of his 10 Major League seasons in Cincinnati, died on Saturday following a lengthy battle with cancer. O'Toole was 78.

From 1958-66, the left-handed O'Toole anchored the Reds' pitching staff and won 16 games over four straight seasons from 1961-64. A three-time Opening Day starter, he won a career-high 19 games for the 1961 National League champion Reds. O'Toole was also an All-Star in 1963 and posted a career-best ERA of 2.66 in '64.

After the '66 season, O'Toole was traded to the White Sox, where he pitched 15 games in his native city of Chicago before retiring.

Photo gallery: O'Toole remembered

In 270 career games, including 238 starts in the Majors, O'Toole was 98-84 with a 3.57 ERA. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1970.

Tweet from @Reds: Statement from Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini about Reds Hall of Famer Jim O'Toole:

In retirement, O'Toole was often a fixture at Reds events, including Redsfest.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
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