Former Phillie Oscar Gamble Passes Away at 68

Oscar Gamble, known for his crouched batting stance and classic afro, passed away today at the age of 68. Gamble, who is best known for his seven seasons with the Yankees, also played two seasons (1970-1971) with the Phillies, playing in 254 games with a line of 8-55-.241/.308/.336 while with Philadelphia.

Overall, Gamble hit 200 home runs with over 650 RBI and finished with a slash line of .265/.356/.454 over 17 seasons and 1,584 games.

Oscar Gamble
Oscar Gamble prior to a game vs the Oakland Athletics. Cleveland, OH 7/18/1974 (Photo by Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Gamble, who was 68, was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 1968 draft and made his major league debut with them in August of 1969 at age 19. Following the season, Chicago traded him, along with Dick Selma, to the Phillies for Johnny Callison and Larry Colton. After his two years in Philly, he and Roger Freed were dealt to Cleveland for Del Unser and Terry Wedgewood. His first stint with the Yankees started with the 1976 season after being dealt to New York for Pat Dobson. After spending time with the White Sox, Padres and Rangers, Gamble re-signed with the Yankees as a free agent in April, 1984. He finished his career by returning to the White Sox for the 1985 season.

Gamble’s death was attributed to a rare jaw disease that turned into a malignant tumor.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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