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Bruce Kison
Pitcher
Born: February 18, 1950 (1950-02-18) (age 59)
Pasco, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 4, 1971 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     115-88
Earned run average     3.66
Strikeouts     1,073
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Bruce Eugene Kison (born February 18, 1950 in Pasco, Washington) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Kison pitched 15 years in the major leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1971–1979), California Angels (1980–1984) and Boston Red Sox (1985). He batted and threw right-handed.

In a 15-season career, Kison posted a 115-88 record with 1073 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 1809-2/3 innings pitched.

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Biography

When Bruce Kison pitched for Pasco High in 1968, he was already 6-foot-4 1/2 and so slender that one manager later cracked he could look right through him. However, his size did have its advantages.

When Kison uncoiled his long right arm and stretched out to the plate, there were very few right-handed hitters who could keep both feet in the batter’s box. Kison also threw mostly sidearm back then and intimidation was as much a part of his game as his 95-mph fastball. He threw three no-hitters during his senior season at Pasco High School. Three years later, he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Coming out of high school, Kison had hoped to play college baseball. When no offers came, he signed with the Pirates for $1,000 after a tryout camp in Sunnyside, Washington.

Kison pitched a one-hitter June 3, 1979 where Phil Garner muffed a ground ball by Barry Evans with two out in the eighth that was inadequately ruled an error. The Pirates hit 5 home runs that game in a 7 -0 victory on their way to the MLB title.

Professional career

Kison was 30-9 in the minors and was called up in the middle of the 1971 season and was the winning pitcher when Pittsburgh beat San Francisco to make it into the World Series. He later became the winning pitcher in the first night game ever played in the classic.

After tearing his rotator cuff during winter ball (which was usually a career-ending injury at the time), he spent 14 more years in the majors and changed his throwing motion.

The Pasco grad also has spent time as pitching coach for both the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles. Currently, he is a scout and pro baseball pitching instructor.

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Postseason appearances

Highlights

  • Won Game Four of the 1971 WS over the Baltimore Orioles allowing one-hit in 6-1/3 innings of shutout relief and despite setting a World Series record by hitting three Oriole batters.
  • During the Series, he was flown to his wedding after a game in a helicopter.
  • Twice pitched one-hitter game (1980)
  • Gave up the 2,500th hit to Pete Rose (August 17, 1975)

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Preceded by
Pat Dobson
Kansas City Royals Pitching Coach
1992-1998
Succeeded by
Mark Wiley
Preceded by
Mike Flanagan
Baltimore Orioles Pitching Coach
1999
Succeeded by
Sammy Ellis
Preceded by
Dave Trembley
Baltimore Orioles Bullpen Coach
2007
Succeeded by
Alan Dunn

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