"Mudcat" Grant, History Making Pitcher Born in Pasco County, Dies at 85

LOS ANGELES -- The first black pitcher to reach 20 wins in an American League season has passed away at age 85.

Jim "Mudcat" Grant pitched for seven teams in a 14-year career and was a two-time All-Star. He led the American League in 1965 with 21 wins. Grant also led in winning percentage and shutouts that year. He was recognized by former President George W. Bush in 2007.

Grant was born in Lacoochee, then a mill town north of Dade City, in 1935.

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