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Public Invited to Hear Steve Blass Speak on Campus

4/14/2008 —

The public is invited to hear a presentation by former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass as part of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and Penn State Beaver Speakers Series. Blass will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Fee is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-Chamber members. The Chamber of Commerce requests that reservations be made by calling the Chamber at 724-775-3944. Payment can be made at the door.
Blass is widely recognized as one of the top speakers among former athletes and has addressed thousands of people over the years with humor and tales of his time with the Pirates.
A member of the 1972 National League All-Star team, Blass won 78 games during a five-year period from 1968 thru 1972. He was a Pirates’ hero in the 1971 World Series against Baltimore when he picked up complete-game victories in Game Three and Game Seven. On the mound for the final out in 1971, Steve went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the '71 World Series (18.0ip/2er).

After retiring following the 1974 season, Blass remained in the Pittsburgh area and worked in private business, while continuing to do community service for the ballclub. In 1983, he worked with the legendary Bob Prince on Pirate cable telecasts and was also retained the following year when the cable rights were secured by Home Sports Entertainment. Blass joined the Pittsburgh Pirates radio broadcast crew in 1986.

A native of Canaan, CT, Steve and his wife Karen live in Upper St. Clair. They have two sons, David and Christopher, and five grandchildren. In 2002, Steve became the 13th recipient of the Pride of the Pirates award, a yearly honor (since 1990) which recognizes a member of the Pirates family who has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication and outstanding character during a lifetime of service.

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