Ed Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70

Thu Apr 2 12:21pm ET

Former and current Chicago White Sox All-Stars, from left, Minnie Minoso (leaning on sign), Bill Skowron, Bill Melton, Ed Farmer, Ron Kittle, Mark Buehrle, Carlton Fisk, Chico Carrasquel, Carlos May and Billy Pierce pose with the logo for the 2003 All-Star Game before the White Sox's game against the Anaheim Angels at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002. The game is scheduled to be played at Comiskey. (AP Photo/Frank Polich)

CHICAGO (AP) Ed Farmer, an All-Star reliever who spent nearly three decades as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 70.

The White Sox said he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.

A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and a graduate of St. Rita High on Chicago's South Side, Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he saved 30 games - then a club record.

Farmer joined Chicago's radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and completed his 29th season last year.

Farmer became an advocate for organ donation after undergoing a kidney transplant in 1991. He is survived wife Barbara and daughter Shanda.

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