"Broadway" Charlie Wagner, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox who worked for the organization 70 years, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 93.
Wagner was stricken after attending a Reading Phillies-New Britain Rock Cats game in his hometown of Reading, Pa.
Reading Police Capt. Francis Drexler said Wagner was found in the passenger seat of his car in the parking lot at FirstEnergy Stadium, where he was a fixture and had earlier participated in an awards ceremony.
Wagner pitched for the Red Sox between 1938 and 1942 before leaving the team to serve in the Navy during World War II. He briefly rejoined the Red Sox in 1946 before injuries ended his career. Wagner finished with a 32-23 record and 3.91 ERA over six seasons, including a 12-8 mark in 1941 and a 14-11 record in 1942.
In 1947, Wagner was named Boston's assistant farm director and stayed with the team as special assignment scout, minor league pitching instructor, major league
pitching coach and, most recently, special minor league spring training consultant.
Johnny Pesky, Wagner's former teammate, said he earned the nickname "Broadway" Charlie because he was an immaculate dresser.
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