Former Braves, Indians pitcher Behenna dies

The Associated Press Published:

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) -- Former major league pitcher Rick Behenna has died. He was 51.

McKoon Funeral Home director Ron Tracey Wednesday confirmed Behenna had died. Behenna, who played for Atlanta and Cleveland, passed away Tuesday after battling cancer.

Behenna went 3-10 with a 6.12 ERA in three seasons as a starter and reliever. He was part of the 1983 trade that sent Braves outfielder Brett Butler and third baseman Brook Jacoby to Cleveland for pitcher Len Barker.

Behenna, who worked recently as owner of an instructional baseball team, is survived by his wife Kimberly, sons Bowen and Brandon, mother Marlayne, brothers Mark, Scott and Gregg and sister Nancy.

Family visitation is Friday at 6 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home. The memorial service is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan.