Former Pirates manager, Reds coach Shepard dies

Larry Shepard, the former Pittsburgh Pirates manager who later became the pitching coach for the Big Red Machine, has died. He was 92.

The funeral home handling the arrangements in Lincoln, Neb., said Shepard died Tuesday.

Shepard managed future Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente and the Pirates to an 80-82 record in 1968. Shepard was fired late in the 1969 season with Pittsburgh at 84-73.

Shepard was the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1970-78. On a team known for its big hitting, he oversaw a staff that helped the Reds win the World Series in 1975 and 1976.

A longtime pitcher and manager in the minors, he also was the pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.