Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant, former Cleveland Indians pitcher, broadcaster dead at 85

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians held a moment of silence before Saturday’s game against Seattle to remember Jim “Mudcat” Grant.

Grant, who pitched for the Indians from 1958 to 1965, died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 85.

“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,” said Bob DiBiasio, Indians senior vice president of public affairs. “A native of Lacoochee, Fla., he joined the Indians organization at the age of 18 in 1954, made his Major League debut in 1958, and left a legacy as large as his personality. To this day, Mudcat was a cherished member of the Indians Alumni Ambassador Program. 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.”

Grant pitched for 14 years in the big leagues. His longest tenure was with the Indians from 1958 through 1964. He went on to pitch for the Twins, Pirates, A’s, Cardinals, Dodgers and Expos while compiling a record of 145-119 with a 3.63 ERA.

The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Grant went 67-63 with a 4.09 ERA in 227 games with the Indians. He made 165 starts and pitched 1,214 2/3 innings for Cleveland.

The Indians traded Grant to the Twins in 1964. In 1965, he went 21-7 with a 3.30…

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