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Former Cubs Ken Holtzman dies at 78, reports say originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Ken Holtzman, a famed member of the 1969 Chicago Cubs and author of two no-hitters with the North Siders, has died at the age of 78, according to multiple reports.

Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Holtzman’s passing after speaking with family on Monday.

Holtzman is one of only two Cubs pitchers to throw multiple no-hitters in the live-ball era, and is the only lefthanded pitcher to accomplish the feat.

His first came in Aug. 1969 against the Atlanta Braves as the Cubs were trying to reach the postseason for the first time in 24 years. The no-hitter was only the third in the modern era to feature zero strikeouts as Holtzman blanked the Braves without a punch out.

In all, Holtzman pitched nine of his 15 big-league seasons with the Cubs, posting a record of 80-81 and a 3.76 ERA. After being traded to the Oakland Athletics prior to the 1972 season, Holtzman helped the squad capture three consecutive World Series titles, making All-Star teams in both 1972 and 1973.

He won four rings in all, capturing one with the New York Yankees before returning to the Cubs to finish his career.

In 15 combined MLB seasons, Holtzman went 174-150 with a 3.49 ERA.

Holtzman was elected to the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame after his playing career ended.

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Source: Yahoo Sports

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