Mariners' first medical director passes away

Dr. Pedegana spent 29 years with organization

SEATTLE -- Dr. Larry Pedegana, the Mariners' team physician and medical director for the franchise's first 29 years, died last Friday of cancer at the age of 74.

A celebration of Dr. Pedegana's life will take place at Safeco Field on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1-5 p.m. PT, with a formal program at 2:30 p.m.

"Larry Pedegana was a very important member of the Mariners organization from its inception in 1977 to 2006," Mariners president Kevin Mather said in the team's statement. "His contributions of his skill and advice and service to our franchise, our players and our training staff are too many to mention. Larry often went above and beyond to take care of the Mariners and our families. We are indebted to him for his dedication to Mariners baseball.

"On behalf of the Mariners, I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and many friends."

Pedegana was the team's first medical director and held that position until stepping down at the end of the 2006 season. He continued working at a private practice with Orthopedics International in Seattle.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.