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Former EMU baseball coach Oestrike dies at 82

Published:   |   Updated: July 12, 2014 at 03:29 PM

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Ron Oestrike, the most successful baseball coach at Eastern Michigan, has died at age 82.

Oestrike's death was announced Friday by the Ypsilanti school. He was baseball coach for 23 seasons and had a record of 657-508-8. His last season was 1987.

Oestrike's 1976 team played in the College World Series, finishing second to national champion Arizona. Nine of his players made it to Major League Baseball.

Eastern Michigan athletics director Heather Lyke calls Oestrike a "true ... legend." His name is on the school's baseball stadium.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church, followed by lunch and then burial in Flat Rock.

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