Matt Keough, former major league star, dies at 64

Former Starcaster Matt Keough He died Saturday of undisclosed causes. He was 64 years old.

He had been serving as a special assistant with the Oakland Athletics , who announced his death.

Keough was a second-generation major league player; his father, Marty Keough , he played 11 seasons in the majors from 1956-66.

Young Keough stormed the A's in 1978 and earned his only All-Star pick that season. He pitched with the Athletics until 1983, and then pitched for New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros.

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Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A," executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in a statement. "He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he worked as a special assistant. He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball . Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight.""

Keough, who grew up in Southern California, ended his career with a 58-84 record and a 4.17 ERA in 215 games, 175 of them as a starter.

After its end MLB 1986 season, Keough played four seasons in Japan. The right-hander tried to return to the California Angels in 1992, and while sitting on the bench during a spring training game, he was hit in the temple by a dirty ball. He required brain surgery and never played again.

For the younger generation, he is best known for his appearances in The Real Housewives of Orange County, which followed his life with his wife, Jeana, and their three children, Shane, Kara, and Colton. The show premiered in 2005, and the Keough family was featured for the first five years.

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