Former Cubs pitcher passes away

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courtesy - Topps Baseball Cards
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Sad news to report as former Cubs pitcher Bill "Froggy" Hands has passed away on Thursday in Florida at the age of 76.

Hands pitched 11 seasons including seven years with the Cubs as he finished his career with an 111-110 record with an impressive 3.35 ERA and 1,128 strikeouts. His best year was in 1969 in which he won 20 games with a 2.49 ERA, and an insane 18 complete games over 300 innings pitched.

"I opened, Kenny [Holtzman] was second, and he was third," Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins told the Chicago Tribune. "He was a hell of a pitcher. ... Froggy was a good teammate."

Hands signed with the Giants as an amateur free agent in 1959.

CubsHQ would like to give our most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Bill Hands.

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