ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Howie Gershberg, a minor league pitching coach with the Angels since 1985, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 67.
Prior to joining the Angels, Gershberg was pitching coach at St.
John's, where he tutored future major leaguers John Franco and
``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
``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
He is survived by his wife, Terri; and a daughter, Deborah.