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Former Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Curt Schilling Reveals He Has Cancer

February 6th, 2014 at 7:15 AM
By Josh Michael

Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling revealed on Wednesday that he is battling cancer.

'Yankees 3' photo (c) 2007, Peter Bond - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

ESPN released a statement from Schilling that he is in a fight with cancer, which you can view ESPN's report by clicking here.

In the statement, Schilling had the following to say:

"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."

"Shonda (His wife who is from Dundalk) and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers," Schilling said in his statement.

He added: "My father left me with a saying that I've carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: 'Tough times don't last. Tough people do.' Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means."

"With my incredibly talented medical team, I'm ready to try and win another big game. I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."

'What Number are the Sox, Curt?' photo (c) 2007, Eric Kilby - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Although Schilling is more known for his time with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks, he was a member of the Orioles from 1988 through the 1990 season and made his MLB debut for the Birds on September 7 of that 1988 season.

Over the course of his Orioles career, Schilling posted a 1-6 record with a 4.54 ERA, and a 1.471 WHIP in 44 overall appearances, five of which were starts. Overall, during his 20 year career, Schilling went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA, and 3,116 strikeouts, which rank 15th all time.

His postseason success is among the best in history as he compiled an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA in 19 career postseason starts. He won three World Series rings, two with the Red Sox (2004, 2007) and one with the Diamondbacks (2001) where he shared MVP honors with Randy Johnson.

Unfortunately, this is not the first health issue that he or his family have had to endure as he suffered a heart attack in 2011, and his wife, Shonda was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.

Join Orioles101 as we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Curt and his family as he battles with cancer.


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