Deasy’s resolution adopted by House; Dubs Oct. 28, 2019 as Steve Blass Day in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – On Monday, state Rep. Dan Deasy’s H.R. 571 naming Oct. 28, 2019, as Steve Blass Day in Pennsylvania was adopted by the state House of Representatives.
Blass, who recently wrapped up a 60-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was in attendance Monday and was honored before the full House.
“To those in Pittsburgh and across the baseball world, Steve Blass is a household name, and he surely will be a Pirate for life,” Deasy said. “On top of a long, welcoming tenure he shared with the Pirates, he also was the man on the mound when the Pirates won the 1971 World Series, which is a memory many of us have yet to forget. Today’s celebration is a small token of appreciation for all the joy he’s brought to Pirates fans over the years.”
Starting his career in 1960, Blass was a mere 18 years old when he signed with the Pirates. By 1964, he made his Major League debut, and the rest was history. Blass ranks No. 17 on the Pirates’ all-time win list; No. 7 in strikeouts; and No. 16 in shutouts.
Possibly the most memorable moment – at least among Pirates fans – was Blass closing out his complete-game outing against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, bringing the city it’s fourth world title with the help of other Pirates greats like Roberto Clemente.
Blass is the last National League pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series.
Following his retirement from baseball in 1974, Blass remained heavily involved with Pirates baseball, including a 34-season run with the Pirates’ broadcast team and working alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Prince.
But his legacy goes far beyond the diamond. Blass has consistently volunteered within the Pittsburgh community and has for decades been involved with the Pirates’ charity initiatives.
Blass will serve as a Pittsburgh Pirates ambassador for the 2020 season.