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Ex-Phillies Sisler Dead At 78

Dick Sisler, whose home run won the National League pennant for the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies, is dead at 78.

Sisler, who also managed the Cincinnati Reds in 1964-65, died Friday at a nursing home. The cause of death was not disclosed.

A first baseman-outfielder, Sisler was the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler and brother of ex-major league pitcher Dave Sisler. He spent eight years in the majors with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati before becoming a manager.

His best season was 1950 when he batted .296 with 13 homers and 83 runs batted in. In the final game of the regular season that year, his three-run homer in the 10th inning beat the Brooklyn Dodgers and clinched Philadelphia's first pennant in 35 years. The Phillies then were swept in the World Series by the New York Yankees.

Sisler came to the majors in 1946 and batted .276 in eight seasons with 55 homers and 360 RBIs.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters; a son; two brothers; a sister; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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