Former Red Sox coach Don Bryant dead at 73

January 28, 2015 - 8:52 am
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Don "Bear" Bryant, who was a bullpen coach for the 1975 Red Sox team that won the American League pennant, passed away last Thursday in Gainesville, Florida, the team announced Wednesday. He was 73. Bryant, a former major league catcher best known for catching Don Wilson's no-hitter for the Astros against the Reds in 1969, spent his final three seasons in the Sox' minor league system. He was a player/coach for Triple-A Pawtucket under manager Darrell Johnson in 1973, and when Johnson was promoted to manager in Boston in 1974, Bryant followed him. Bryant also followed Johnson when he was hired to be manager of the Mariners in 1977, serving there until 1980.

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