Bruce Eugene Kison (February 18, 1950 – June 2, 2018) was an American professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball. He pitched from 1971–85 for three teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates (1971–79), California Angels (1980–84) and Boston Red Sox (1985). Kison won two World Series championships with the Pirates, both over the Baltimore Orioles. He batted and threw right-handed.
|Born: February 18, 1950|
|Died: June 2, 2018 (aged 68)|
|July 4, 1971, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1985, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||3.66|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 in that game, 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.  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.
Kison was 30–9 in the minors and was called up in the middle of the 1971 season. He was the winning pitcher when Pittsburgh defeated the San Francisco Giants to make it into the World Series. He later became the winning pitcher in the first night game ever played in the Fall Classic.
- 1971 National League Championship Series
- 1971 World Series
- 1972 National League Championship Series
- 1974 National League Championship Series
- 1975 National League Championship Series
- 1979 World Series
- 1982 American League Championship Series
- Posted a 5-1 record with 27 strikeouts and a 1.98 ERA in 36⅓ innings.
- 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)
Kison died in the early morning of June 2, 2018 at age 68 after a long battle with cancer.
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