Former Twins Pitcher Mudcat Grant’s Cause of Death at 85
Jim “Mudcat” Grant, the former Minnesota Twins pitcher and the first Black 20-game winner in American League history, has died. Mudcat Grant’s cause of death has not been revealed yet.
The Minnesota Twins announced the sad news that Jim “Mudcat” Grant passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
“The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the loss of Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant, a key part of the franchise’s early years in Minnesota and linchpin of the starting rotation on the record-setting 1965 club,” The Minnesota Twins wrote in a statement on Saturday.
“Though he spent just four years of his 14-year career with the Twins, Mudcat remained a beloved member of our organization well into his retirement and was a frequent visitor with fans and staff alike at TwinsFest,” the statement continued.
The team also paid touching tribute to the former pitcher, writing, “We send our condolences to the entire Grant family, as well as the other organizations impacted by his 60-plus years in and around the baseball world.”
Grant spent four years with the Twins and about seven seasons with Cleveland from 1958-1964. When Grant was playing for the Cleveland Indians, he achieved a record of 67-63 with 707 strikeouts in 227 games.
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Mudcat Grant, whose real name was James Timothy “Mudcat” Grant, was born on August 13, 1935, in Lacoochee, Florida.
Grant played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). During his career, he played Cleveland Indians and also pitched for the Twins, Dodgers, Cardinals, Athletics, and Pirates and Expos.
In 1965, The legendary star became the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season in the American League. He also was the first black pitcher to win a World Series game for the league.
Jim “Mudcat” Grant was named to the All-Star team in both 1963 and 1965, leading the American League in wins in the 1965 season.
Grant also tried hard to promote the history of Black players in baseball. As the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season, he paved the way for great players such as Dwight Gooden, David Price, Vida Blue, and others.
Reactions to Mudcat Grant’s Death
Shortly after the tragic news of Mudcat Grant’s death was revealed, many of his friends and fans expressed their deep sadness on social media by posting their touching tributes.
Bob DiBiasio, Indians SVP/Public Affairs, said: “The Cleveland Indians family is deeply saddened by the loss of Jim “Mudcat” Grant, a true fan favorite on both the playing field and in the broadcast booth.”
“We send our condolences to the entire Grant family, as well as to his many teammates and other organizations impacted by his 60-plus years in our game,” said Bob DiBiasio, Indians SVP/Public Affairs,” DiBiasio added.
Dustin Morse reacted to the sad news and wrote on Twitter; “During the 1965 regular season, Grant went 21-7 with a 3.30 ERA (270.1 IP, 99 ER), 61 walks and 142 strikeouts in 41 games (39 starts), leading the American League in victories while becoming the 2nd African American pitcher in major league history to win 20 games.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mudcat Grant’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones. You can also leave a condolence message or a tribute below the comment box to honor her.