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Pat Dobson, 64; hurler was part of famed Orioles rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pat Dobson, one of four pitchers to win 20 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1971, died Wednesday. He was 64.

Mr. Dobson died in the San Diego area, according to a release from the San Francisco Giants yesterday. He was a special assistant to Giants general manager Brian Sabean this year, his ninth with the club. The team didn't immediately know the cause of death.

Mr. Dobson went 20-8 with a 2.90 ERA for the AL champion Orioles in 1971, rounding out a famous rotation that also included Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (20-9), Dave McNally (21-5), and Mike Cuellar (20-9). The 1920 Chicago White Sox is the only other team in Major League history to have four 20-game winners.

"He had a great curveball," said Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Mr. Dobson's teammate with the Orioles. "He was a real gamer, a real competitor. He didn't give in to anybody."

An All-Star with Baltimore in 1972, Mr. Dobson was 122-129 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 Major League seasons and he won a World Series ring with the 1968 Detroit Tigers. He also pitched for San Diego, Atlanta, the New York Yankees, and Cleveland.

Mr. Dobson spent eight seasons as a big league pitching coach for Milwaukee (1982-84), San Diego (1988-90), Kansas City (1991), and Baltimore (1996).

He joined the Giants in 1997 and served as an advance scout before becoming a special assistant to Sabean.

A native of Depew, N.Y., Mr. Dobson leaves wife, Kathe, and six children, Pat III, Nancy, Stacy, Chris, Shannon, and Stephanie.

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