Former All-Star pitcher Luis Arroyo has died. He was 88.

The New York Yankees say Arroyo's daughter, Milagros, told the team Wednesday night that he had died earlier in the day in Puerto Rico.

Former New York Yankees stand for the national anthem prior to the start of the Yankees 64th old timers day at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

She said he had been diagnosed last month with cancer.

Arroyo helped pitch the Yankees to the 1961 World Series championship.

The 5-foot-8 lefty was 15-5 with a major league-leading 29 saves that season, then earned another victory in the Series against Cincinnati.

Arroyo was an All-Star as a rookie starter with St. Louis in 1955 and again in 1961.

Featuring a screwball, he was 40-32 with 45 saves and a 3.93 ERA in eight seasons with the Cardinals, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and the Yankees.

According to, Arroyo was the first Puerto Rican-born player to appear for the Yankees.

He started with them in 1960 and was a key part of their AL pennant-winning staff.

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