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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.

Bruce Kison
Born: (1950-02-18)February 18, 1950
Pasco, Washington
Died: June 2, 2018(2018-06-02) (aged 68)
Bradenton, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 4, 1971, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record115–88
Earned run average3.66
Career highlights and awards

During a 15-year career, Kison compiled 115 wins with 88 losses, 1,073 strikeouts, and a 3.66 ERA.



Kison attended Pasco High School in Pasco, Washington. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.

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. [1] 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.[1][2]

Kison spent time as pitching coach for both the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.[3] He was also a Major League Scout for the Orioles from 2008 until his death in 2018.[4]

Postseason appearancesEdit


  • 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.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "End of Innocence". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Former Pirates pitcher Bruce Kison, won first night World Series game, dies at 68". 2 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Former Pirates Pitcher Bruce Kison Passes Away". 2 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "MLB pitcher, Orioles scout Bruce Kison dies". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Former Pirates Pitcher Bruce Kison Passes Away". CBS Pittsburgh.

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