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Sep
09

Steve Blass Suddenly Becomes Accurate Again


SteveBlass2It’s usually an honor to have something named after you, unless of course you’re former major leaguer Steve Blass who inexplicably lost the ability to accurately throw a ball and has since seen any player who loses the skill be said to have “Steve Blass Disease.”

Blass won 19 games in 1972 but in 1973 his control went downhill and he lost the ability to locate. Within two years he was out of the game.

This past Thursday Blass participated in the annual Pirates alumni golf outing along with several other former players where he managed a very impressive feat; Blass scored TWO holes-in-one in ONE round.

“It’s the first time I signed more autographs than [Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski],” Blass said, “And it’ll probably be the last.”

Blass and his group of 5 started on the back nine and so the first one happened on the par-3 15th hole when Blass powered an 8-iron through the 154 yard hole. The second ace came on the 7th hole, a 175-yard par-3.

According to Golf Digest, the odds of a golfer making two holes-in-one in the same round are 1 in 67 million.

“I can finally make some kind of ball go where I want it to,” Blass said. “Maybe it’s a sign from above that I should start pitching again.”

[Pittsburgh Live]


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