Pittsburgh, PA – Steve Blass, Pirates broadcaster and the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher with two complete-game victories during the 1971 World Series, has announced that he’ll retire after the 2019 season.
This upcoming season is his 60th with the Pirates and the 34th behind the microphone.
Steve Blass says his broadcasting career ranked just as close to his heart as anything that he’d done on the baseball field.
A statement released by Blass:
“Sixty seasons with the Pirates, one organization in one city, I am so very proud of that. It ranks right up there with anything I have ever done on the baseball field. It has been a wonderful run. My wife, Karen, and I felt that it was time to step away from my broadcasting duties in order to have more time to spend together and with our family and friends. I have spent many years driving by the roses, but now it is time for me to stop and smell the roses. I am very much looking forward to the 2019 season, as it will be special for me in so many ways.”
Blass was signed in 1960 and made his major league debut with the Bucs in 1964. He had a 103-76 record with a 3.63 ERA over 10 seasons, and threw a four-hitter in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series as Pittsburgh defeated Baltimore to win its fourth championship.
Listen to an interview done with Blass during spring training in 2018.