Scott Sanderson, a Glenbrook North graduate in 1974 who helped the Cubs win two division championships and spent a season with the White Sox during a 19-year career, died Thursday. He was 62 years old.
An official at the Conway Farms golf club, where Sanderson was a member for a long time, confirmed the news. A cause of death was not immediately known.
Sanderson compiled a record of 163-143 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 472 appearances (407 starts) with seven teams since 1978-96. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound right-hander was selected in the third round by the Vanderbilt Expos in 1977, was promoted to the majors at age 21 after only 28 minor league appearances and spent the first six seasons of his career in Montreal. The Cubs acquired it in a three team exchange in December 1983, and spent the next six seasons with the North Siders.
Sanderson went 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 24 starts in 1984, which helped the Cubs win the NL East to break a 38-year playoff drought. In 1989, he went 11-9 in 37 appearances (23 starts) when the Cubs won their second Eastern title in six years.
The later stops included the Athletics (1990), Yankees (1991-92), Angels (1993), Giants (1993), White Sox (1994) and Angels again (1995-96).
In his only season on the south side, he was 8-4 with a 5.09 ERA as fifth starter. The Red Sox ranked first in the United States Central League 67-46 before the players' strike that began on August 12 ended the season.
Sanderson made his only appearance in the All-Star Game for the Yankees in 1991 and finished 16-10 with a 3.81 ERA that season.
He made two other appearances in the postseason: with the Expos in 1981 and A in 1990. He made two relief appearances in the 1990 World Series when the A were swept by the Reds.
The Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, who coached for the Angels from 1994 to 2005, said Thursday that Sanderson was "attentive and friendly." Simply a wonderful man. "
After retiring from baseball, Sanderson worked as an agent, representing players such as Josh Beckett, Josh Hamilton and Todd Helton.
He was a resident of Northbrook and Lake Forest for a long time. He drove Glenbrook North to the IHSA baseball state championship in 1974.
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