The 2018 Campbell Family Distinguished Achievement Award
Co-Honorees: Steve Blass and Kent Tekulve

 

 

STEVE BLASS

CAREER:


  • Signed by the Pirates in 1960, Steve made his major league debut in 1964 and was on the Pittsburgh Pirates roster permanently from 1966 through 1974.
  • During his 10 year career with the Buccos, his W-L record was 103–76 with 896 strikeouts and a 3.63 earned run average through 1597 innings pitched.
  • In 1968 he won 18 games with an earned run average of 2.12 and was named NL Player of the Month for September with a 5-1 record, a 1.65 earned run average and 46 strikeouts.
  • In 1972 he won a career-high 19 victories and was named to the NL All-Star Team.
  • In the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, he pitched two complete games and was the winning pitcher in both Game # 4 and the deciding Game #7, allowing only seven hits and two runs in 18 innings. He finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind his late teammate and friend Roberto Clemente.

 

BROADCASTING:


  • Steve joined the Pirate TV and radio broadcast team in 1983 as a part-time color commentator, earning full-time status in 1985.
  • In 2005 he chose to limit his commentator duties exclusively to home game broadcasts, an schedule he still follows to this day.

 

PHILANTHROPY:


  • Active in Pirate Alumni Charities, Steve is primarily engaged in supporting UPMC’s Family Hospice and Palliative Care program.

 

 

KENT TEKULVE

 

CAREER:


  • Teke was a relief pitcher with the Pirates from 1974 through 1985, with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1985 through 1988 and with the Cincinnati Reds in 1989.
  • He appeared in 722 games with the Pirates, winning 70 and losing 60 and led the major league in games pitched 4 times.
  • In Game #6 of the 1979 World Series, he pitched 3 innings of relief, yielding just one hit and earning a save. And in Game #7, he closed out the Orioles with two 9th inning strikeouts and a game-ending fly ball to center field, earning his third series save.
  • In his 16 year major league career he had a 94-90 W-L record, a 2.85 earned run average, 779 strikeouts and 184 saves through 1436 innings pitched and was named to the NL All-Star Team in 1980.
  • Led major leagues in total games pitched in four different seasons.
  • Only one of two pitchers in NL history with 3 World Series saves (Teke in 1979 and fellow Pirate Elroy Face in 1960).
  • One of only three pitchers in MLB history to pitch in at least 1000 games without ever having been designated a starter.

 

BROADCASTING:


  • Teke was a member of the Phillies broadcast team from 1991 through 1997.
  • After a stint with the Washington (PA) Wild Things organization and a few years as an advance scout for the Pirates, he joined the Pirates broadcast team as a pre-game and post-game analyst from 2008 until his retirement at the end of the 2017 season.
  • He took a hiatus from broadcasting in 2014, spending 8 months on a waiting list culminating in a successful heart transplant operation at Allegheny General Hospital on September 6, 2014, claiming it as the “greatest save” in which he was ever involved.

 

PHILANTHROPY:


  • Current President of Pirate Alumni Charities, Teke is primarily active in support of the Pittsburgh area March of Dimes program.
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