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Steve Blass

Steve Blass
Blass in 2009.
Born: (1942-04-18) April 18, 1942 (age 78)
Canaan, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 10, 1964 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
April 17, 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 103–76
Earned run average 3.63
Strikeouts 896
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Career highlights and awards

Stephen Robert "Steve" Blass (born April 18, 1942) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher and a current broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Playing career

Blass was born in Canaan, Connecticut. In a 10-year career, he went 103–76 with 896 strikeouts and a 3.63 ERA in 1597 innings pitched.

Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in

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In the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, Blass pitched two complete game wins, allowing only seven hits and two runs in 18 innings, and was the winning pitcher in the 7th and deciding game. He finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind teammate Roberto Clemente.

Steve Blass Disease

See also: Yips

Besides his Series performance, Blass is best known for his sudden and inexplicable loss of control after the

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A condition referred to as "Steve Blass disease" has become a part of baseball lexicon. The "diagnosis" is applied to talented players who inexplicably and permanently seem to lose their ability to throw a baseball accurately.[1][4][5][6] The fielder's variant of "Steve Blass disease" is sometimes referred to in baseball terminology as "Steve Sax syndrome".

Notable victims of "Steve Blass disease" include Rick Ankiel,[5][7][8] Mark Wohlers,[9] Dontrelle Willis,[10] Ricky Romero,[11][12] and Daniel Bard.[13]

In an interview years later, Blass mentioned that he was content with how his career panned out, mentioning that he had gotten ten good years with the Pirates, won 100 games, and appeared in a World Series.[14] He did mention that the sudden death of teammate and close friend Roberto Clemente in the offseason before he lost control – and the associated grief related to losing someone so close suddenly – did not play a factor in him losing his control.[15]

Post-playing career

Blass worked in the late 1970s as a salesman for a Pittsburgh company that manufactured school class rings.[16] He joined the Pirates' TV and radio broadcast team in

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He was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in

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Blass' autobiography, A Pirate For Life, (Triumph Books) was released on May 1, 2012. His memoirs, co-written with Erik Sherman, encompass his struggles with Steve Blass disease and his days as a color commentator for the Pirates.

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Preceded by
Pete Rose
Major League Player of the Month
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Succeeded by
Willie McCovey