The 2013 season marks Steve Blass’ 54th year of involvement with the Pirates and his 28th behind the microphone as a color commentator.
He has been associated with the club since signing his first professional contract on June 27, 1960.
For the ninth straight season, Steve will work only those games played at PNC Park. He will continue in his role as an analyst on both radio and TV. Only Lanny Frattare (33 years) and Bob Prince (28) have spent more years behind the microphone than Blass (27).
A right-handed pitcher, Blass joined the big league team permanently in 1966 and went on to pitch a total of 10 seasons in the Majors, compiling a 103-76 record, 57 complete games and 16 shutouts in 282 games (231 starts). Steve ranks seventh on the club’s all-time list in strikeouts (896).
In the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, Blass recorded two complete game victories, allowing only seven hits and two runs in 18 innings of work.
He finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind teammate Roberto Clemente and remains the last National League pitcher to throw a complete game in Game Seven of a World Series.
After retiring following the 1974 season, Blass remained in the Pittsburgh area and worked in private business, while continuing to do community service for the ballclub.
A native of Canaan, CT, Steve and his wife Karen live in Upper St. Clair. They have two sons, David and Christopher, and five grandchildren.
In 2002, Steve became the 13th recipient of the “Pride of the Pirates” award, a yearly honor (since 1990) which recognizes a member of the Pirates family who has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication and outstanding character during a lifetime of service.