Bob Friend
1930 - 2019
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Bob Friend was a longtime stalwart pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched for the Pirates from 1951 to 1965. Over the course of his 15 seasons with the team he set franchise records in starts (477), innings pitched (3,480 1/3), and strikeouts (1,682). During his final season in the majors he played for the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Friend was a bright spot on a frequently dismal Pirates team during the 1950s. Despite leading the National League with the lowest Earned Run Average (2.83) in 1955, the team finished last in the league standings. However, the three-time All-Star was rewarded for his perseverance when the Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series.

Following his playing days Friend became active in local Pittsburgh politics, sold mutual funds, and was an insurance broker. His son, Bob Friend, Jr., was a professional golfer.

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Published in Boulder City Review on Feb. 5, 2019.
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February 15, 2019
Bob Friend was my boyhood idol. I treasured his baseball cards, memorized his stats, and watched on TV whenever his starts were televisied. I wrote him several fan letters and he always answered with picture postcards and handwritten notes. Several years ago I wrote again, thanking him for the great memories, and once again, he replied with kindness. I doubt if even those who saw him in his prime realized what an outstanding pitcher he was. I pray all the goodness, comfort and mercy of the Lord Almighty be upon all of his family today, and in all the days to come.
Gary O'Shell
February 11, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you strength during this difficult time. 2Thessalonians 3:16
February 11, 2019
My condolences to your family for your loss. May loving and caring friends surround you during this time of sorrow.
lw
February 11, 2019
The Family,
My sincere condolence for your loss. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort comfort your family and strengthen you during your time of sadness.
carolyn
February 10, 2019
May God grant Bob Friend family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow your love one was awesome Baseball player and he will be missed. Psalm 33;18:19
M Scott
February 9, 2019
Deepest condolences to his loved ones. May God strengthen you in this difficult time.
February 9, 2019
May the God of all comfort bless you with peace and strength during this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss.
Johnsons
February 9, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
February 9, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the Friend family, you re in my prayer's.
Bob was a great pitcher for my beloved Pirates and the 1960 World Champs. Gods's speed Bob Friend

M.Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl
Pittsburgh native
m kosh
February 8, 2019
I will always remember Bob Prince calling balls and strikes for the wonderful Warrior of the Pirate mound staff. Thanks for the memories.
Tom MacTaggart
February 8, 2019
I saw Bob Friend pitch years ago at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia and although I was a young man I have never forgotten the MAN! He was a hero and a gentleman to Me! Peter A Hetmanski
Acquaintance
February 7, 2019
My deepest condolences for your loss. May you please find comfort and peace of mind from the words
Cindy
February 7, 2019
I met Bob Friend at the Pirates Fantasy Camp in Florida in 2005. Such a nice man. Condolences to his family.
Melinda
Acquaintance
February 7, 2019
I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his athletic ability. May you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.
February 6, 2019
Our condolences to the family of Bob Friend.He was a Pittsburgh hero that we grew up hearing about and he was a good person. Sincerely, Daughters, Bev and Joan, of Dale & Mary B. Barton, PAA
Bev Barton
February 6, 2019
Saw him many times and what a good pitcher. He played when the game was fun not for just the money. May you R.I.P. Bob Gallup, LaPlata,Md.
Bob Gallup
February 6, 2019
To the family, friends, neighbors, and fans: Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to all, May the God of comfort, comfort you during your loss .
Wright
Neighbor
February 6, 2019
Mr Friend was the starting pitcher for the first MLB game I ever attended (Sportsman's Park in St. Louis-Aug 1959). Seeing him that night made a baseball card come to life. Thank you for the memory!
Russ Lake
February 6, 2019
Godspeed Bob, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us... I remember...
Harry Simpson
February 6, 2019
In 1963 had the chance to see Mr. Friend pitch against Art Mahaffey in Phila at connie mack stadium. Both pitcers were wonderful and opened the eyes of an eight you old boy. Thank you Bob friend for this wonderful experience that I got a chance to see in person. You will be missed by many.
scott Lewis
February 6, 2019
Stalwart hurler, and an exemplary man.

Rest in Peace, Bob.
February 6, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Bob Friend Sr. As a Baseball fan, Bob Friend still has my deep admiration for his pitching success with some woefully poor Pirates teams. They called Bob a "workhorse", and it's not a misnomer. Today, he would be signed for at least $20mil per season. Not a single Bob Friend baseball card ever touched my bicycle spokes. Each and every card was a "keeper".

Rest In Peace, Bob Friend. We'll catch you in the Cornfield.
Scott Preston
February 6, 2019
Very sorry for the lost of your loved one May God the hearer of prayers comfort you during this difficult time and give you strength. 2 cor. 1:4
February 6, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
February 6, 2019
My parents thought very highly of Mr. Friend.. He made a huge difference in our area.
Karen Lynam
Friend
February 6, 2019
So sorry to see this news of Bob Friend's passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43
February 6, 2019
Jim Brewster
February 6, 2019
Ann Stokman
February 6, 2019
I wish to send condolences to Bob Friend, Jr. and his family. My Dad was Jake Pitler, 11 year 1st base coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers who knew his Dad, Bob, Sr. I was a golf fan and met Bob Jr. when he was an amateur golfer and told him of the relationship. We remained friends after he turned professional. When I would see Bob, Jr. at tournaments he was always congenial and glad to see me. He was a gentleman & I rooted for him. My Dad passed 2/3/68 & I know what its like to lose a great father and baseball player. I share the sadness with Bob, Jr.
Larry Pitler
February 5, 2019
You will be missed by many at nemacolin glad I got to know you Helen
February 5, 2019
May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Friend family and friends at this difficult time.
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