Former Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling announced he had cancer Wednesday evening. Via a statement released by the ESPN Analyst, Schilling broke the news of his troubling predicament.
“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.”
Schilling, now 47 years old, had recently signed an extension to serve as an analyst on ESPN’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball’. Within weeks of not making the cut for the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, Schilling now must shift his focus toward fighting the disease that his wife, Shonda Schilling, has already dealt with.
Despite not getting the nod to Cooperstown yet, Schilling’s accolades are more than impressive. His 11-2 record in postseason starts is good for the MLB record for winning percentage (.846) in the playoffs. He won World Series titles in 2001, 2004, and 2007. In 2001, with Arizona, Schilling was named co-MVP with teammate Randy Johnson in the Diamondbacks seven-game win over the Yankees. His 2004 postseason was renowned for the infamous ‘bloody sock’ game in Boston’s game six win over the Yankees en route to an ALCS title.
Since retiring after 20 seasons of MLB servitude, Schilling’s post-playing career has been a mixed bag. On one hand, he has lent his knowledge to ESPN in an expanded role in the network’s live Sunday broadcast as well as shows like ‘Baseball Tonight’ and ‘Sportscenter’. Conversely, the long-time right hander’s primary business venture has brought ire upon him. His gaming company, ’38 Studios’, cost dozens of employees their careers and livelihoods before it filed for bankrupt in late 2012. Schilling, along with several other people involved with the company, are still dealing with lawsuits stemming from the incident.
While Schilling’s exploits continued well beyond his career in Philadelphia, he is still revered in the city for his performance early as a professional. He was named MVP of the 1993 NLCS during the team’s miraculous run to the World Series. Another member of that Phillies team, Darren Daulton, was diagnosed with brain tumors last summer.