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World Series-Winning Boston Pitcher Schilling Says He Has Cancer

Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling
Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling said, “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.” Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Curt Schilling, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox teams that won the World Series in 2004 and 2007, has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 47-year-old right-hander, who last year told the Boston Globe he had a heart attack in November 2011, didn’t reveal the kind of cancer he has, when it was diagnosed, or his prognosis in a statement released yesterday by ESPN Inc. He works as a baseball analyst for the Walt Disney Co. unit.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in the statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

Schilling, who also won the World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, in 2004 helped the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918. A blood-stained Boston sock that he wore during the playoffs 10 years ago sold at auction for $92,613 last year. Schilling pitched with stitches in his injured right ankle.

In his final season in 2007, Schilling went 9-8 with a 3.87 earned run average in 24 starts to help the Red Sox win their second World Series title in four years. The six-time All-Star retired in 2009 after missing the previous season following shoulder surgery. He finished with a career record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

Schilling also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros during his 20 years in the major leagues.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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