Former 20-game winner Ray Sadecki dies after cancer battle

Ray Sadecki pitched for the Mets and five other teams in an 18-year MLB career.

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Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73.

Sadecki made his major league debut at age 19 with the Cardinals in 1960. In 1964, he went 20-11 and helped St. Louis win the National League pennant. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the World Series in seven games.

Sadecki was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1966 for Orlando Cepeda.

The left-hander had a 135-131 career record with a 3.78 ERA with St. Louis, San Francisco, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Kansas City and Milwaukee.

Sadecki died in Mesa last week, his son said Monday.

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