In Memory of Don Bryant

Don 'Bear' Bryant, Coach On 1975 Pennant-Winning Red Sox, Dies At Age 73
January 28, 2015

(c) Houston Astros

The Boston Red Sox lost a member of their 1975 pennant-winning team last week.

Don "Bear" Bryant, who served as the bullpen coach for the '75 squad, died last Thursday at age 73 after a brief but serious illness, the team announced. He was Bostonís bullpen coach from 1974 to 1976.

Bryant spent seven seasons as a major league coach. He also appeared in 59 major league games as a player with the Chicago Cubs (1966) and Houston Astros (1969-70). The former catcher ended his playing career with three years in the Red Soxís farm system, ultimately serving as a player/coach in 1973 for Triple-A Pawtucket under PawSox manager Darrell Johnson.

Bryant, who served as a coach at the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, caught Don Wilson's second no-hitter for the Astros on May 1, 1969.