Jim O'Toole, Reds 1960s star pitcher, dies at 78

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds say 1960s star pitcher Jim O'Toole has died at his home after a long battle with cancer. O'Toole was 78.

The team says O'Toole died Saturday.

The lefty started the opening game of the 1961 World Series, losing to Yankees ace Whitey Ford 2-0. He was the National League's starter in the 1963 All-Star Game.

O'Toole debuted at 21 for the Reds and was 98-84 over 10 seasons, finishing with the White Sox in 1967. He was 19-9 in 1961 and twice won 17 games.

A Chicago native, O'Toole and wife Betty, his high school sweetheart, adopted Cincinnati as their hometown, where they raised 11 children.

No information was available immediately on funeral plans.