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January 21, 1987
Vida Blue, who broke into major league baseball with the Oakland A's in 1969 and has recorded 209 pitching victories, is returning to the A's, a spokesman for the American League club said Tuesday. The signing of the 37-year-old pitcher, who became a free agent after going 10-10 with the San Francisco Giants last season, will be formally announced at a 10 a.m. news conference today at the Oakland Coliseum.
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June 27, 2002
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SPORTS
April 6, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth has reinstated pitcher Vida Blue, who has been training with the San Francisco Giants, it was announced Friday. Blue had been suspended for the 1984 season by former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn as a result of Blue's 1983 conviction for drug possession. Kuhn's decision required that before reinstatement in 1985, Blue establish that he no longer was involved in any drug use.
SPORTS
February 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Vida Blue, the American League's Cy Young Award winner and most valuable player in 1971 while with the Oakland A's, says his drug problems are behind him and he's talking with several major league teams about a comeback. "I'm OK," Blue said after a charity game Sunday in Phoenix. "In fact, I'm fantastic. I'm also optimistic. I really think I'll be playing baseball again next season. I'm excited about my chances.
SPORTS
June 16, 1986 | DAN HAFNER
Vida Blue turned in another strong game Sunday at Houston, holding the Astros to four hits in six innings and pitching the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory. The Giants climbed to within two games of the Astros in the tightening race in the National League West. It was the third win in a row for Blue since he regained his fastball. He struck out six and departed with a comfortable 6-1 lead.
NEWS
June 27, 2002
* Nelly, "Nellyville," Universal. The St. Louis rapper uses the blues to illuminate his boasts, but the beats are this album's dominant force.
SPORTS
April 2, 1987 | SCOTT OSTLER
I met Vida Blue nine springs ago, back when the only hard time he had done was in Charlie Finley's doghouse. I was a rookie baseball writer discovering that players on teams other than the one you regularly cover have a tendency to view you as an annoyance, or an enemy. I had just come from the Chicago Cubs' spring training camp, where Bill Buckner rudely rejected an interview request and then-Manager Herman Franks treated me as a finance company thug come to repossess his chewing tobacco.
SPORTS
February 20, 1987
Pitcher Ron Darling of the New York Mets won a $1.05-million arbitration award Thursday, while Vida Blue, who signed less than a month ago with the Oakland A's as a free agent, announced his retirement. Darling, whose case was heard in New York by arbitrator Jack Sands, lost his arbitration case last year and received a salary of $440,000. This year, the Mets had offered the right-hander $800,000 after he posted a 15-6 record in their championship season.
SPORTS
April 2, 1987 | SCOTT OSTLER
I met Vida Blue nine springs ago, back when the only hard time he had done was in Charlie Finley's doghouse. I was a rookie baseball writer discovering that players on teams other than the one you regularly cover have a tendency to view you as an annoyance, or an enemy. I had just come from the Chicago Cubs' spring training camp, where Bill Buckner rudely rejected an interview request and then-Manager Herman Franks treated me as a finance company thug come to repossess his chewing tobacco.
SPORTS
February 20, 1987
Pitcher Ron Darling of the New York Mets won a $1.05-million arbitration award Thursday, while Vida Blue, who signed less than a month ago with the Oakland A's as a free agent, announced his retirement. Darling, whose case was heard in New York by arbitrator Jack Sands, lost his arbitration case last year and received a salary of $440,000. This year, the Mets had offered the right-hander $800,000 after he posted a 15-6 record in their championship season.
SPORTS
January 21, 1987
Vida Blue, who broke into major league baseball with the Oakland A's in 1969 and has recorded 209 pitching victories, is returning to the A's, a spokesman for the American League club said Tuesday. The signing of the 37-year-old pitcher, who became a free agent after going 10-10 with the San Francisco Giants last season, will be formally announced at a 10 a.m. news conference today at the Oakland Coliseum.
SPORTS
June 16, 1986 | DAN HAFNER
Vida Blue turned in another strong game Sunday at Houston, holding the Astros to four hits in six innings and pitching the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory. The Giants climbed to within two games of the Astros in the tightening race in the National League West. It was the third win in a row for Blue since he regained his fastball. He struck out six and departed with a comfortable 6-1 lead.
SPORTS
February 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Vida Blue, the American League's Cy Young Award winner and most valuable player in 1971 while with the Oakland A's, says his drug problems are behind him and he's talking with several major league teams about a comeback. "I'm OK," Blue said after a charity game Sunday in Phoenix. "In fact, I'm fantastic. I'm also optimistic. I really think I'll be playing baseball again next season. I'm excited about my chances.
SPORTS
March 22, 1985 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
He wears uniform No. 61, signifying that he was the last player invited to the San Francisco Giants' training camp. It also seems to reflect the possibility that this is a last chance, a final opportunity to resume a major league career that began in 1970, when he was 21. Now 35 and the winner of 191 games, Vida Blue understands the situation, accepts it and seems happy to get a crack at it. He is happy to be alive really, although he is taking that, too, a day at a time.
SPORTS
April 6, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth has reinstated pitcher Vida Blue, who has been training with the San Francisco Giants, it was announced Friday. Blue had been suspended for the 1984 season by former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn as a result of Blue's 1983 conviction for drug possession. Kuhn's decision required that before reinstatement in 1985, Blue establish that he no longer was involved in any drug use.
SPORTS
March 24, 1985
Vida Blue, impressive in three spring training exhibition games, Saturday signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. Blue, 35, came to the Giants' training camp as a free agent after serving three months in jail for possession of a controlled substance. A six-time All-Star and the winner of the 1971 Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher, Blue will be used as a spot starter and long-relief man for the Giants. "I felt I would make it with the Giants," Blue said.
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