Former Major League Baseball pitcher Vida Blue passed away at the age of 73.
Blue was a six-time All-Star and won the CY Young and MVP Award in 1971. In total Blue spent 17 years in the majors pitching for the Athletics, Giants, and Royals and compiling a 209-161 record, 3.27 ERA, and a 1.23 WHIP.
Between 1972 through 1974, Blue was part of an A’s team that won three straight World Series championships. Blue was inducted into the A’s Hall of Fame in 2019.
Blue was more than just a talented athlete. He was a force to be reckoned with on and off the field. He became a role model for many young players, inspiring them to work hard and pursue their dreams.
After his retirement from baseball, Vida Blue continued to make an impact on the world in other ways. He became an advocate for various charitable causes and was instrumental in helping young athletes achieve their goals.
A statement from the Oakland A’s on the passing of Vida Blue. pic.twitter.com/fAMIU7MHCO
— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) May 7, 2023
The #SFGiants are saddened to learn of the passing of six-time All-Star and longtime Bay Area pitcher Vida Blue. Our deepest condolences go to the Blue family, his friends and all those whose lives he touched. pic.twitter.com/gI7k1N68Mv
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 7, 2023
We join the baseball community in mourning the passing of Vida Blue. We send our deepest condolences to Vida’s family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hzi8V3SSnF
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 7, 2023