Vida Blue, three-time World Sequence champ with A’s, useless at 73

Vida Blue, a former pitcher who helped the Oakland Athletics win three consecutive World Sequence championships within the Nineteen Seventies, has died, the crew introduced Sunday. He was 73.

Blue made his debut for the Athletics on the age of 19 in 1969. He performed for the A’s for 9 years earlier than he joined the San Francisco Giants and later the Kansas Metropolis Royals. He had two stints with the Giants in his profession.


Vida Blue in 1976

Oakland A’s Vida Blue, the hard-throwing left-hander who grew to become one in all baseball’s greatest attracts, in 1976. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Picture)

Oakland launched an announcement on Blue’s loss of life.

“There are few gamers with a extra embellished profession than Vida Blue,” the Athletics mentioned. “He was a three-time champion, an MVP, a six-time All-Star, a Cy Younger Award winner, and an Oakland A’s Corridor of Famer. Vida will all the time be a franchise legend and a pal. We ship our deepest condolences to his household and pals throughout this arduous time.”


Blue was on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the 1973 World Sequence-winning crew in April. A explanation for loss of life was not introduced.

Former A's players in Oakland

Wes Inventory, Vida Blue and Joe Rudi throughout a ceremony honoring the 50-year anniversary of the Athletics’ 1973 World Sequence Championship earlier than the New York Mets recreation at RingCentral Coliseum on April 16, 2023, in Oakland, California. (Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Photos)

Vida Blue rides in a car

Vida Blue throughout a ceremony honoring the Athletics’ 1973 World Sequence Championship at RingCentral Coliseum on April 16, 2023, in Oakland. (Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Photos)

“Vida Blue has been a Bay Space baseball icon for over 50 years,” Larry Baer, the Giants’ president & CEO added. “His influence on the Bay Space transcends his 17 years on the diamond with the affect he’s had on our neighborhood. For a few years, he was such an integral a part of our Junior Giants program. Our heartfelt condolences exit to his household and pals throughout this time.”

Blue received the American League MVP and Cy Younger Award when he dazzled in 1971. He had 301 strikeouts and led the league with a 1.82 ERA. He additionally led the majors with eight shutouts.

Beginning in 1972, Oakland would start its World Sequence three-peat. The Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds that yr, the New York Mets in 1973 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974. Blue had 22 strikeouts in eight World Sequence recreation appearances however by no means picked up a profitable determination.

“Vida Blue relaxation in peace, my mentor, hero, and pal,” former Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart wrote on Twitter. “I bear in mind watching a 19 yr outdated phenom dominate baseball, and on the identical time alter my life. There are not any phrases for what you’ve got meant to me and so many others. My coronary heart goes out to the Blue household.”

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Vida Blue in 2013

Former Athletics pitcher Vida Blue throws out the ceremonial first pitch previous to the Los Angeles Angels recreation, July 27, 2013, in Oakland. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Picture/Ben Margot, file)

Blue made 502 appearances in 17 seasons. He was 209-161 with 2,175 strikeouts. He was a six-time All-Star.

Peter Johnson