Ruhle dies of complications from stem cell transplant

Updated: January 22, 2007, 2:32 AM ET news services

Former Reds pitching coach Vern Ruhle died Saturday night at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston of complications from a donor stem cell transplant for the treatment of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. He was 55.

Vern Ruhle
AP Photo/Al BehrmanRuhle, who joined the Reds organization as a coach in 2004, was 67-88 in his major league career from 1974-1986.

"The baseball and Cincinnati Reds families mourn the loss of an excellent coach, wonderful husband and loving father," the Reds said in a statement Sunday. "In his 35 years in professional and collegiate baseball, Vern touched many people inside and outside the game. We are privileged to have been a part of his life. He will be greatly missed."

Ruhle began 2006 as the Reds' pitching coach, but he was diagnosed during a routine physical in February and missed the whole season. He had been assigned to work as the Reds' minor league pitching rehabilitation coordinator for the upcoming season.

Ruhle pitched in the major leagues for Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and the California Angels from 1974-86, going 67-88 with a 3.73 ERA. He was a pitching coach with Houston, Philadelphia and the Mets before joining the Reds organization in 2004.

Ruhle is survived by his wife, Sue, and two children, daughter Rebecca and son Kenny. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.