SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – Art Fowler, who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 1959 championship team and became a pitching coach for five major league clubs, died Monday. He was 84.

He died at his home, his son John said.

Fowler, as pitching coach, won World Series rings with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, under manager Billy Martin, his close friend.

Fowler worked as a pitching coach for 14 years. In addition to the Yankees, he was with Minnesota, Detroit, Texas and Oakland.

Fowler pitched in the majors for nine seasons, with Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels. He pitched in 362 games, mostly in relief, and had a career record of 54-51 with a 4.03 ERA.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Burch Fowler, sons John and Ray, daughter Cheryl and sister Ruth Gilbert.

Services are planned for Thursday at Floyd’s Funeral Home.

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