Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy # 68 Vida Blue


Vida Rochelle Blue, Jr. was born in Louisiana.   

He broke with the A's in 1969 at age 19 and then became the pitching story of 1971:   24-8, a 1.82 ERA, 8 shutouts & 301 Ks.   It earned him a Cy Young Award & MVP!

Overall, he won 209 with 143 complete games.   

He pitched with the A's in the postseason, 1971-75.    

I saw Vida shutout the Orioles in game 3 of the 1974 ALCS, a dominating 2-hit shutout!   He beat Jim Palmer, 1-0 with Sal Bando hitting a home run for the only run of the game.


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