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Ron Piché
Relief pitcher
Born: (1935-05-22)May 22, 1935
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
Died: February 3, 2011(2011-02-03) (aged 75)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 30, 1960, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1966, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record10–16
Earned run average4.19
Member of the Canadian
Baseball Hall of Fame

Ronald Jacques Piché (May 22, 1935 – February 3, 2011) was a Canadian professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Braves, Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Verdun, Quebec, he threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 165 pounds (75 kg).


Piché's professional pitching career lasted for 17 seasons between 1955 and 1972 (sitting out the 1971 campaign), and included 134 games played in the majors. Only in 1963, when he worked in 37 games for Braves, all but one of them out of the bullpen, did he spend a full campaign at the major league level. All told, Piché had a 10–16 win–loss record with 12 saves.[1] Although he started only 11 of his 134 career MLB games pitched, he threw three complete games. In 221+13 innings pitched, he allowed 216 hits and 123 bases on balls, with 157 strikeouts, while posting a career 4.19 earned run average (ERA).

Piché appeared in 500 minor league baseball games, compiling a 130–65 career record (.667 winning percentage) with an ERA of 2.96. After retiring from the mound, he served in the Montreal Expos organization as a minor league coach, an administrator in their ticket office, and as the Expos' bullpen coach in 1976 under managers Karl Kuehl and Charlie Fox.

One of Piché's best days in the major leagues occurred on May 30, 1962. He was the starting pitcher for the Braves in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched a complete game, allowing six hits, and also got his first and only major league hit. In the last of the fourth inning, with two outs and runners on first and second, he hit a single to shortstop Leo Cárdenas, driving in two runs and reaching second on an error by Cárdenas. The Braves won the game, 4–3.[2]

During his time in the major leagues, Piché was a teammate of at least eight National Baseball Hall of Fame players: Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Red Schoendienst, Warren Spahn, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda and Bob Gibson.

Piché was also a volunteer firefighter with the Montreal Auxiliary Firemen. He was inducted to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.[3] He died of cancer on February 3, 2011, at age 75.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Ron Piche Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. sport-reference.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Milwaukee Braves 4, Cincinnati Reds 3 (1)". Retrosheet. May 30, 1962. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ron Piche". baseballhalloffame.ca. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ron Piché rend l'âme à l'âge de 75 ans". rds.ca (in French). February 3, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ron Piché meurt à l'âge de 75 ans". journalmetro.com (in French). Métro Montréal. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2016.

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