Chris Short, a left-hander who won 132 games in 15 major-league seasons, died yesterday in a Wilmington, Del., convalescent home where he'd been since lapsing into a coma 2 1/2 years ago. He was 53.
Short had a ruptured aneurysm in October 1988 and fell into a coma from which he never regained consciousness.
Short pitched 14 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he won 17 or more games four times in a five-year period starting in 1964. He was 20-10 in 1966, the first Phillies left-hander to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916. He was named to the NL All-Star team in 1964 and 1967.
Short ended his career in the American League, pitching with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973.
* RED SOX: The condition of reliever Jeff Gray, who collapsed after a routine pregame workout Tuesday morning in the Red Sox's clubhouse, was reported "about the same" by Dr. Arthur Pappas, the team physician.