The 2019 season marks Steve Blass' 60th year of involvement with the Pirates and his 34th behind the microphone as a color commentator. He has been associated with the club since signing his first professional contract on June 27, 1960.
A right-handed pitcher, Blass made his professional debut with Kingsport in 1960 and his Major League debut with the Bucs on May 10, 1964. He joined the Pirates permanently in 1966 and went on to pitch for 10 seasons in the Majors, compiling a 103-76 record, 57 complete games and 16 shutouts in 282 games (231 starts).
During a five-year span from 1968 thru 1972, Blass was one of the best pitchers in the National League as he compiled a 78-44 record, 50 complete games and a 3.05 ERA. He won a career- high 19 games in 1972 and was named to the National League All-Star team that season.
In the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, Blass recorded two complete game victories, allowing only seven hits and two runs in 18 innings of work. He remains the last National League pitcher to throw a complete game in Game Seven of a World Series.