Bruce Kison

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Bruce Kison
Pitcher
Born: (1950-02-18) February 18, 1950 (age 64)
Pasco, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 4, 1971 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 115–88
Earned run average 3.66
Strikeouts 1,073
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Bruce Eugene Kison (born February 18, 1950 in Pasco, Washington) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched from 1971-1985 for three different teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates (1971–1979), California Angels (1980–1984) and Boston Red Sox (1985). He batted and threw right-handed.

During a 15-year career, Kison compiled 115 wins, 1,073 strikeouts, and a 3.66 ERA.

Biography[edit]

When Bruce Kison pitched for Pasco High in 1968, he was already 6-foot-4½ and so slender that one manager later cracked he could look right through him.[citation needed] However, his size did have its advantages.

When Kison uncoiled his long right arm and stretched out to the plate, there were very few right-handed hitters who could keep both feet in the batter’s box. Kison also threw mostly sidearm back then and intimidation was as much a part of his game as his 95-mph fastball. He threw three no-hitters during his senior season at Pasco High School. Three years later, he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Coming out of high school, Kison had hoped to play college baseball.[citation needed] When no offers came, he signed with the Pirates for $1,000 after a tryout camp in Sunnyside, Washington.

Kison pitched a one-hitter June 3, 1979, losing his no-hit bid when San Diego's Barry Evans doubled down the left field line with two out in the eighth. The Pirates hit 5 home runs that game in a 7 -0 victory on their way to the MLB title.

Kison also had a no-hitter broken up in the ninth on April 23, 1980 while with the Angels. With his team leading the Minnesota Twins 17-0 at Metropolitan Stadium, Kison had the no-hit bid broken up by a Ken Landreaux double with one out; the hit was the only one Kison would allow. [1] The no-hitter would have been the most lopsided in modern-day Major League history; Frank Smith of the Chicago White Sox had no-hit the Detroit Tigers by a 15-0 score on September 6, 1905.

Professional career[edit]

Kison was 30-9 in the minors and was called up in the middle of the 1971 season and was the winning pitcher when Pittsburgh beat San Francisco to make it into the World Series. He later became the winning pitcher in the first night game ever played in the classic.

After tearing his rotator cuff during winter ball (which was usually a career-ending injury at the time), he spent 14 more years in the majors and changed his throwing motion.[citation needed]

Kison also has spent time as pitching coach for both the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles. A highly respected talent evaluator, Kison has spent the better part of the past decade as a Major League Scout for the Orioles.

Postseason appearances[edit]

Highlights[edit]

  • Won Game Four of the 1971 World Series over the Baltimore Orioles allowing one-hit in 6⅓ innings of shutout relief and despite setting a World Series record by hitting three Orioles batters.
  • After Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, he was flown to his wedding in a helicopter.
  • Twice pitched one-hit game (1980)
  • Gave up the 2,500th hit to Pete Rose (August 17, 1975)

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Preceded by
Pat Dobson
Kansas City Royals Pitching Coach
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Mark Wiley
Preceded by
Mike Flanagan
Baltimore Orioles Pitching Coach
1999
Succeeded by
Sammy Ellis
Preceded by
Dave Trembley
Baltimore Orioles Bullpen Coach
2007
Succeeded by
Alan Dunn