Mariners Mourn First Team Physician, Dr. Larry Pedegana
The Mariners family is mourning the passing of the team’s first physician and medical director Dr. Larry Pedegana.
Dr. Pedegana, an orthopedist who cared for Mariners players from the team’s founding in 1977 until 2006, died of cancer on November 13, at the age of 74.
Mariners President and COO Kevin Mather issued this statement today:
“Larry Pedegana was a very important member of the Mariners organization from its inception in 1977 to 2006. His contributions of his skill and advice and service to our franchise, our players and our training staff are too many to mention. Larry often went above and beyond to take care of the Mariners and our families. We are indebted to him for his dedication to Mariners baseball.
“On behalf of the Mariners, I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.”
Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone described Dr. Pedegana’s long career and life-long bond with many of the Mariners players he treated including Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson.
When Dr. Pedegana retired, he was honored on Opening Day, April 3, 2006, with a pregame presentation of a “Silver Scalpel.” At the time, Dr. Pedegana said:
“I am looking forward to devoting more time to my private practice. It’s exciting to take the expertise I have acquired with the Mariners and apply it to recreational and amateur athletes. It will also be nice have a chance to take some time off in the summer for the first time in 29 years.”
There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, December 13, at Safeco Field. Doors open at 1pm, with a program beginning at 2:30pm.