Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Baseball
Inducted: 2004
Country: USA
Born: July 14, 1947 in Euclid, Ohio

Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher Steve Stone was recipient of Major League Baseball’s American League Cy Young Award in 1980. That ‘career’ season he had a 25-7 won-loss record and a run of 14 straight victories.

The Baltimore right-hander was the American League's 1980 All Star Game starting pitcher, and he retired all nine batters he faced. The Sporting News named him 1980 "Pitcher of the Year".

Stone was drafted out of Kent State University by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 1969 amateur draft. His KSU battery mate was future New York Yankee legend Thurman Munson. Stone made his Major League debut with the Giants in April, 1971. A flame-throwing rookie with San Francisco, persistent arm trouble turned him into a control pitcher as his career progressed.

In what began as a promising career, Stone was traded to the Chicago White Sox following his first two big league seasons with the Giants. After a year on Chicago’s Southside the Sox traded him to the Chicago Cubs. Following three seasons with the Northsiders, Stone became a free agent and returned to the White Sox for another two years. In 1979, he signed a free agent deal with Baltimore, where he finished his career.

Since 1935, only two American League pitchers have won more games than Stone did in 1980. He registered a 107-93 won-loss record and 3.97 ERA during his eleven injury-plagued Major League seasons. The 1980 Cy Young Award season gave notice that he had finally hit his stride as a big league hurler. But severe arm trouble put him on the disabled list less than two months into the following year’s schedule, and before the end of the 1981 season, his DL injury forced to retire.

In 1983, Stone was back with the Cubs, this time in the TV broadcast booth, where he wrapped 24 on-air seasons in 2004.

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