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A Pirate for Life Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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"Talk about a guy whose career ran the gamut—Steve Blass went from World Series hero, to a man whose name became literally synonymous with a specific baseball malady.  He emerged from it all with humor, humanity, and perspective."—Bob Costas, NBC Sports and Major League Baseball Network

"He went from the very top of his game to the very confused. How he unraveled and overcame his malady with humor and intelligence is a lesson for all and is what this book is all about."—Tim McCarver, Fox Baseball Analyst, Recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award

"There are a lot of guys in baseball, but there are just a few you can put on one hand that have the zest for life and love of the game as Steve Blass."—Bill Mazeroski, Hall of Fame Second Baseman, Pittsburgh Pirates

"Steve Blass embodied the early '70s Pirates teams on which he starred: he was gifted, grounded, and great company. Nothing has changed in this wonderful, entertaining book. In "A Pirate For Life," Blass gives us a look behind the curtain, reintroducing us to a cast of familiar and delightful characters, including himself. He is the perfect tour guide to a golden age in Bucs history -- a history he helped make."—Austin Murphy, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

About the Author

Steve Blass is a former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and has been broadcasting their games as color commentator since 1987. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erik Sherman has been a freelance sportswriter more than 30 years. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600787061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600787065
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book. Steve Blass has had a roller coaster life that saw him go from world series hero and all star to, as he puts it, the abyss, after losing his ability to throw the baseball straight. He reinvented himself as the beloved, longtime broadcaster for the Pirates. This book is about more more than perseverance. Also great insight into the big league life , a humanistic side of late Roberto Clemente i was not aware of. Most detailed account of one of the greatest game 7s of all-time. Blass talks openly in graphic detail about his Steve Blass disease, one of baseball's oldest mysteries. Must reading for any sports fan, or that matter, psychologist.
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I met Steve Blass as an 8th-grade boy at the local mall in Bethel Park, PA, in the Summer of 1979 and Steve couldn't have been more gracious and kind as he signed an autograph for me and said hello to my parents. This was several years removed from his terrific baseball playing days and before he became an outstanding announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. My dad told me, "Trust me: you made his day!" Well, he certainly made mine (a fond memory I shall never forget!)and this very fine book "Steve Blass: A Pirate For Life" will make yours, too. Very well written and compelling, Steve's book is hard to put down from start to finish; in fact, you will find yourself rereading and reliving certain sections many times over. Anyone who is a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fanatic (like myself: I even started a Bob Moose blog, one of Steve's pitching colleagues, with rare photos and information, but I digress) or even just a baseball fan, in general, will be sure to enjoy and treasure this book. For any old-time Pirates fanatic, there are certain memories that will live on forever: the 1960 World Series team, Roberto Clemente's life (and tragic death), Bob Moose's no-hitter (as well as his wild pitch in '72 and his untimely death that shook this reviewer, as a young fifth-grader, to the core), the 1971 World Series team (with two fantastic wins by Steve Blass), and, for many, the great career and baffling ending of Steve Blass. Get this book asap- you will be glad you did!
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This book is a great read. Steve Blass tells it strait from the heart. From his 1951 Little league opening day, to his 5 high school no hitters, a super hero performance in the 1971 World Series with 2 complete game wins , and of course the game 7 details, his loss of control, and triumphant return to baseball as a broadcaster for his beloved BUCs. This book will make you laugh and gives you a behind the scene look at a great era of baseball.
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I received this book on Monday -- cracked it open late that night, and picked it up again this morning -- as this is written I have about twenty pages to go. I will be sad when I finish, because it has been such a joy to readh.

I'm a Baby Boomer, who came of cognitive age when Steve was making his way up the ladder from Kingsport to Dubuque, an on through Batavia, Asheville and Columbus, Ohio to the Pirates. All the stories are so clear to me -- and mostly hilarious with a bit of ribaldry mixed in!

A baseball fan needs to read this, to get the inside story from the clubhouse, and the soul of the man who was one of the Pirates' heroes of the 1971 World Championship club -- who quickly ran into a problem that could only be called "Steve Blass Disease." You will learn that it took him years to shake it, but ultimately he did!
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A Pirate for Life, by Steve Blass with Erik Sherman, is a very interesting sports autobiography. Steve Blass made it to Major League Baseball in 1964 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and had an outstanding pitching career with them. In the 1971 World Series, Blass won game three and game seven to help the Pirates become the World Champions. I was attending the University of Pittsburgh during that time and, although I could not attend any of those WS games, I certainly participated in the celebration after the Bucs won game seven. Unfortunately, during the 1973 season, Blass suddenly lost his ability to throw strikes, and he had to give up what he had dreamed of doing since he was a youngster. Since then, Steve Blass Disease has become the name of the condition when other pitchers have suddenly lost their control. Although Steve Blass was forced to quit playing baseball in 1974, he has managed to maintain a lifelong relationship with the Pirates organization and team. He has been working as a sportscaster for Pirates games since 1983, and I enjoy seeing (and hearing) him when I watch their games on TV. For me, a lifelong Pirates fan, this was a fantastic book because Blass writes about his relationships and experiences with many of the Pirates' players and managers during and after he was player. It was a wonderful experience for me to read about the players' backgrounds, careers, and personalities. It was even better to read Blass' personal reminiscences about players, including Roberto Clemente, Dick Groat, Bill Mazeroski, Bill Virdon, Gene Alley, Richie Hebner, Doc Ellis, Manny Sanguillen, Al Oliver, Willie Stargell, Bob Moose, and many more.Read more ›
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