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Pedro Borbon dead at 65; former Reds reliever

FILE-This March 19, 1979 file photo shows Cincinnati

FILE-This March 19, 1979 file photo shows Cincinnati Reds pitcher Pedro Borbon. Borbon, who pitched 10 years for the Reds and helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles, has died of cancer. He was 65. Credit: AP

CINCINNATI -- Pedro Borbon, who pitched 10 years for the Cincinnati Reds and helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles, has died of cancer. He was 65.

His son, Pedro, tells The Associated Press that Borbon had been in hospice care and died at home in Pharr, Texas, on Monday. He requested no memorial service.

Borbon was a key member of the bullpen on Cincinnati's 1975-76 championship teams. He also pitched for the Angels, Giants and Cardinals.

Borbon made news in 1995 when, at age 48, he tried out to be a replacement player during Major League Baseball's labor dispute. He struck out the only batter he faced in a spring training game before being released.

He also became famous for being mentioned in the 1980 movie "Airplane!"

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