Monday, October 20, 2008

Kevin Foster, who pitched for Phillies and Cubs, dies at 39

Kevin Foster, who spent seven years in the majors pitching mostly for the Chicago Cubs, has died of cancer. He was 39.

He died in an Oklahoma City hospital Saturday after a six-month bout with renal cell carcinoma, brother Mark Foster said.

"He loved baseball, he loved people and people loved him," Mark Foster said. "He was a happy person who got along with everybody, and we will miss him."

Foster was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 29th round in 1987 as an infielder. He converted to pitching three years later. The right-hander was traded to Seattle and then Philadelphia, where he made his first major league appearance in 1993.

His best season with the Cubs came in 1995, when he was 12-11 with a 4.51 ERA. Foster tied Brad Radke for the most home runs allowed (32) in the majors that year, and he also hit his only homer in the big leagues.

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