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Steve Blass

Born: April 18, 1942 (1942-04-18) (age 67)
Canaan, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 10, 1964 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Record     103-76
ERA     3.63
Strikeouts     896
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (NL): 1972
  • Led NL in Shutouts (5) in 1971

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


Playing career

In a 10-year career, Blass posted a 103-76 record with 896 strikeouts and a 3.63 ERA in 1597 innings pitched.

Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960, Blass made his major league debut in 1964, joining the team permanently in 1966. He won 18 games in 1968, including a 2.12 ERA with seven shutouts, both career-highs, and in 1969 won 16 with a career-high 147 strikeouts. From 1969-72, Blass won 60 games, with a career-high 19 victories in 1972. In that season, he made the National League All-Star team.

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. He finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind teammate Roberto Clemente.

Besides his Series performance, Blass is best known for his sudden and inexplicable loss of control after the 1972 season [1]. His ERA climbed to 9.81 in the 1973 season. He walked 84 batters in 88 innings, and struck out only 27. Blass suffered through the 1973 season, then spent most of 1974 in the minor leagues. He gave it one last try in spring training of 1975. Failing to regain his form, he retired from baseball in March 1975.

Thereafter, a condition referred to as "Steve Blass Disease" became a part of baseball lexicon because such a change in a player's skill was identified with him. The diagnosis is applied to talented players who inexplicably and permanently seem to lose their ability to accurately throw a baseball.[2][1][3][4][5][6]

Post-playing career

Blass joined the Pirates' TV and radio broadcast team in 1983 as a part-time color commentator, earning a full-time post in 1986. He is known for his affable nature and knowledge of the game. Before the 2005 season, he announced that he would only announce home games onward so as to spend more time with his family.

On September 11, 2009, Steve Blass recorded 2 holes-in-one during a single 18 hole round of golf.[7]

He was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

See also


  1. ^ a b Jeff Merron - Ankiel can't seem to conquer 'The Creature', June 16, 2003
  2. ^ Steve Blass, Cured | The BASEBALL Page
  3. ^ - Ankiel's back, but are the demons?
  4. ^ BIOPROJ.SABR.ORG :: The Baseball Biography Project
  5. ^ - 2001 MLB Spring Training - Ankiel, Knoblauch fight through woes - Friday March 23, 2001 04:24 PM
  6. ^ - Ex-Cubs Felix Pie, Rich Hill seek fresh starts in Baltimore
  7. ^

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Preceded by
Pete Rose
Major League Player of the Month
September, 1968
Succeeded by
Willie McCovey

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