Former Braves pitcher Rick Camp dead at age 60

Former Braves pitcher Rick Camp died Thursday at his home in Bartow County, authorities said.

“Our sympathies go out to his family, friends and former teammates,” the Braves said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Bartow Deputy Coroner Brandon Duncan confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Camp, 60, died Thursday morning at his Rydal home.

Duncan said that while an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death, there was nothing to indicate that the death was from anything other than natural causes.

Camp, a native of Trion in northwest Georgia, was signed by the Braves out of West Georgia College in 1974, and pitched a little more than eight years in the major leagues.

Among his more memorable games was the marathon July 4, 1985 game against the Mets in which he hit a game-tying home run in the 18th inning of the rain-delayed game, which didn’t end until around 4 o’clock the next morning.

Thursday, former teammate Dale Murphy tweeted: “Will miss friend and teammate Rick Camp. Sad news. RIP Rick. Good memories. I join with all @Braves family/fans w prayers to the Camp family.”

After being waived by the Braves in 1986, Camp returned to Trion to farm before becoming a lobbyist at the state Capitol in the early 1990s.

In September 2005, the former pitcher was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his part in a scheme to defraud an Augusta mental health facility.

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