Former big leaguer Pagan dies at 76

Former big leaguer Pagan dies at 76

Former big league infielder Jose Pagan, who drove in the Pirates' eventual winning run in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, died Tuesday at age 76.

The club announced the death shortly after Pagan's family became aware, and the Pirates observed a moment of silence before their Tuesday game against the D-backs at PNC Park. No cause of death was given.

The Puerto Rico native -- who played for the Giants (1959-65), the Pirates (1965-72) and the Phillies (1973) -- helped lead Pittsburgh to the World Series in 1971, and was part of National League pennant-winning clubs with the '62 Giants and the '70 and '71 Pirates.

His eighth-inning double in the 1971 World Series finale gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead against Baltimore, and the Pirates went on to win, 2-1.

In 1962 with the Giants, he hit .259 and drove in a career-high 57 runs. He hit seven home runs that season, just two short of his career high, set with the Pirates in '72.

Pagan finished his career as a .250 hitter with 52 home runs and 372 RBIs in 15 big league seasons.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.