Former Major League Baseball pitcher and current ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Cancer. In a statement released by ESPN Schilling told the world,
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."
The 47-year old played in MLB for 20 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox. He is best remembered for his stellar post season performances. He was Co-MVP of the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks, sharing the honors with fellow pitcher Randy Johnson. He was heralded for his post season pitching with the Red Sox. He was part of the 2004 team that led Boston to it's first World Series Title in 86 years. Remember the bloody sock? That was Schilling. Schilling injured the tendon in his ankle that year in the American Division Series against the Anaheim Angels. By Game Six of the American League Championship Series he had had his tendon stabilized so many times his sock was bloodied and the stabilizing procedure was named the Schilling Tendon Procedure.
In his 19 career post season starts Schilling had an 11-2 record with four complete games and a 2.23 ERA. His .486 playoff winning percentage is the best ever for all pitchers who have had at least ten post season decisions. Shilling finished his career 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA and ranks 15th all time in strikeouts with 3,116. He also has six All-Star appearances on his MLB career resume.
Unfortunately for Schilling and his wife, Shonda, this is not the first time they have had to stand up to cancer. In 2001, Shonda battled stage 2 malignant melanoma but recovered. It is also not Schilling's first post baseball health scare. In 2011, Shilling reported having had a heart attack while cheering on his wife as she ran the New York City Marathon. He ended up needing surgery to place a stent in one of his arteries.
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