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Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Feb 5, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

Curt Schilling AP

Former major league All-Star Curt Schilling revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” the 47-year-old said in a statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.”

Through an ESPN spokesman, Schilling declined to say what type of cancer he’s battling.

Schilling won 216 games, was a three-time Cy Young runner up and won three world championships before retiring at the age of 40 in 2007. He’s been eligible for the Hall of Fame the last two years, receiving 39 percent of the vote in 2013 and 29 percent on this year’s overstuffed ballot. Since retirement, he made news by starting a video game company that later went bankrupt, leading to a lawsuit against him by the state of Rhode Island. He’s recently done studio work for ESPN on Baseball Tonight, and he had been slated to join the network’s broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball this season.

  1. randygnyc - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Myr75, obviously, your mother spent entirely too much time, flat on her back, and not enough time teaching you manners and the finer points of the golden rule. Had she spent more time parenting, instead of servicing her neighborhood, you wouldn’t be the “one in every bunch”, today.

    • stex52 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Randy, this is better than we normally get from mtr. He is not one of the brightest posters on the site.

  2. keltictim - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Pretty pretty proud of the commenters so far. Not sure how many the censors had to dump, but with the exception of the 3-4 dink posts out of 40 that’s way better than what I expected. You can dislike Curt all you want as a person, although that’s kinda silly since none if you know him personally, but you cannot deny the pure dominance he displayed on the mound for many years. Not many pitchers can start to lose velocity and reinvent themselves to remain a force on the mound. The amount of perpetration he put into every start was legendary. His video game company was originally based in the old Digital mill in my very small hometown,Maynard MA, and it was impossible not to run into him at CVS, or lunch at one of the restaurants in town, and he was always very gracious enough to talk to you for a few minutes. Although his wearing of a steelers jersey in Pats country was a lil hard to swallow, he’s a pretty good dude. It’s his opinions you don’t care for and the brief glimpse of himself on tv and radio in interviews. You know only a small part of the man, certainly not enough to judge him. I hope he has a swift recovery.

  3. shawndc04 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Wish you the best, Curt. Treat it like a World Series game.

  4. pooch2014 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Type of cancer ????

    • chapmanb2014 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      I think the fact that they did not mention which type of cancer is telling….Hopefully I am wrong but that is probably not a good sign.

    • gerryb323 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      “Through an ESPN spokesman, Schilling declined to say what type of cancer he’s battling.”

  5. ez4u2sa - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Schilling will always have a special place in the hearts of Rd Sox fans. Here’s hoping his situation is a manageable one and that he recovers soon.

  6. barrywhererufrom - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Prayers going to Curt and his family..

  7. nygf - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Schilling I such a tough old prick he’ll scare that cancer away. Best of luck and God bless, Curt.

  8. nygf - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Schilling is such a tough old prick he’ll scare that cancer away. Best of luck and God bless, Curt.

  9. disgracedfury - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Man I get on Curt about his legal problems and Hall of fame worthiness but that fly’s out the window after learning about this.God bless him and hope he gets threw this like he did the Yankees in the postseason.

  10. big64d - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    karmas a bitch

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