Vida Blue, iconic athletics Giants pitcher, dies at 73

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Vida Blu, a famous starting pitcher for The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants and former NBC Sports Bay Area TV analyst died Saturday night at the age of 73.

The A's released a statement and posted a tribute video to Blue on Sunday morning:

Former A's pitcher Dave Stewart mourned the loss his “mentor, hero and friend”.

A Louisiana native, Blue was drafted by the Kansas City A's in 1967 and made his MLB debut in 1969, a year after the franchise moved to Oakland.

Blue blossomed into a cornerstone for the A's in 1971, winning the American League Award and his only Cy Young Award after posting a 24–8 record with an MLB-best 1.82 ERA and 301 strikeouts in 312 innings.

In 1972, 1973, and 1974, Blue helped the A's win three straight World Series championshipsAs Oakland formed one of the most dominant teams in MLB history.

After spending the first nine seasons of his MLB career with the A's, Blue was traded to the Giants in 1978 for seven players and $300,000. He spent the next four seasons in San Francisco, making three League All-Star teams during that span.

The Giants traded Blue to the Kansas City Royals before the 1982 season, and he played there through the 1983 season before a drug addiction kept him out of the 1984 season. The next year, Blue returned to the Giants for two final MLB seasons.

In 2019, Blue was part of the second category. inducted into a hall of fameWith former owners Walter A. Haas, Jr., Bert Campaneris, Mark McGwire and Tony La Russa.

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In 17 MLB seasons, Blue – a six-time All-Star selection – posted a 3.27 ERA and struck out 2,175 batters in 502 career appearances.