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Mike Ryan, Catcher on Boston's ‘Impossible Dream' Team, Dies

Mike Ryan was a native of Haverhill, and died at his home in New Hampshire

Mike Ryan of the 1967 Boston Red Sox being introduced during a 50-year anniversary ceremony at Fenway Park
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Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox's 1967 "Impossible Dream" team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78.

The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 

A native of Haverhill, Ryan appeared in 636 games with the Red Sox, Phillies and Pirates from 1964-74. He was Boston's backup catcher for the AL championship team in '67, going hitless in his only two World Series at-bats when the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. 

In his career, he had a .991 fielding percentage and threw out 43.6% of runners attempting to steal a base.

Ryan went on to manage the Pirates' Single-A affiliate and work for the Phillies as a minor league catching instructor and Triple-A manager. He also was the bullpen coach in Philadelphia for 16 years, including the 1980 World Series championship team.

The Boston Red Sox were back at Fenway Park Monday as they prepared for a shortened 2020 season.
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