Ex-Phillie Chris Short dies at 53

August 02, 1991

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.

The Red Sox said yesterday in a brief update that "it will be approximately 10-14 days before any prognosis and outcome will be made."

Pappas said the hospital is trying to obtain studies of tests done on Gray when he suffered a similar attack while a student at Florida State 10 years ago. He recovered without any ill effect.

Pappas said late Tuesday that doctors were optimistic that Gray had a spasm or a migraine attack and not a stroke when he became dizzy, his speech became slurred and he felt weakness in his right side.

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