Former Red Sox catcher, Grass Valley resident ends battle with cancer |

Former Red Sox catcher, Grass Valley resident ends battle with cancer

The Boston Red Sox held a moment of pregame silence Tuesday for its former catcher and Grass Valley resident Jim “Pags” Pagliaroni, who died Saturday at 72.

Pagliaroni had battled cancer and heart problems for five years.

Pagliaroni was born in Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 8, 1937, and grew up in Long Beach, Calif. He lived for 47 years in Grass Valley, which he loved and appreciated. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda, his daughters, Laura Pagliaroni and Dana Gorman; son in law, Jim Gorman; grandchildren, Ashley Bello, Alex Bello, Cole Gorman and Alyssa Gorman.

“I loved him dearly,” Linda Pagliaroni said. “We met in junior high when we were 12 or 13 years old. I went to his Little League (baseball) games.”

The highlight of Pagliaroni’s career accurred when he caught Catfish Hunter’s perfect game against the Minnesota Twins May 8, 1968, at the Oakland Coliseum as an A, he also caught Bill Monboquette’s no-hitter for the Red Sox in 1962.

Read more about Pagliaroni’s life in Friday’s paper.

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