He coached Washburn, other pitchers

11/20/2003 - Anaheim Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Howie Gershberg, a minor league pitching coach with the Angels since 1985, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 67.

Gershberg helped develop current Anaheim pitchers Troy Percival,
Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez, and former
Angels star Chuck Finley.

Prior to joining the Angels, Gershberg was pitching coach at St.
John's, where he tutored future major leaguers John Franco and
Frank Viola.

``He taught me how to pitch, to think out there and not just go
out and throw,'' Franco said.

Gershberg also was involved in several baseball instructional
books and videos, as well as a coach in fall and winter
instructional leagues.

``We are extremely saddened to lose a member of the Angels'
family. Howie dedicated a huge part of his life to this
organization and had a tremendous affect on many players through
the years,'' Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said.

Gershberg, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, was a shortstop in the
Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants minor league organizations in
the mid-1950s.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; and a daughter, Deborah.