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Bruce Kison, a pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979 and spent three decades in player development and scouting roles, died June 2 at a hospice center in Bradenton, Fla. He was 68.
The cause was renal cancer, said his wife, Anna Marie Kison.
Mr. Kison won Game 4 of the 1971 World Series — the first night game in World Series history. The rookie pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing only a bloop double to Paul Blair. He started and lost the 1979 opener against the Orioles, getting just one out and giving up five runs. He had a 5-1 record and 1.98 earned-run average in 10 postseason appearances, including four starts.
Mr. Kison was selected by Pittsburgh in the 14th round of the 1968 amateur draft, made his big league debut on July 4, 1971, and went 115-88 with a 3.66 ERA, 12 saves and 1,073 strikeouts in 1,809 2/3 innings for the Pirates (1971-1979), the California Angels (1980-1984) and the Boston Red Sox (1985).
Known for pitching inside, he hit 68 batters in 15 big league seasons. He was said to have once hit seven batters in a minor league game. On July 8, 1977, he sparked a fight when he hit the Philadelphia Phillies’ Mike Schmidt on the back with a pitch, two batters after giving up a home run to Garry Maddox.
Mr. Kison pitched a one-hitter at home against the San Diego Padres on June 3, 1979, giving up Barry Evans’s two-out double in the eighth inning. He pitched another one-hitter the following April 23, leading 17-0 at the Minnesota Twins when he allowed Ken Landreaux’s one-out double in the ninth inning.
Bruce Eugene Kison was born in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 18, 1950.
After retiring as a player in 1985, he was a minor league pitching instructor for Pittsburgh; the bullpen coach for the Kansas City Royals from 1992-1993; the Royals’ pitching coach from 1994-1998; and Baltimore’s pitching coach in 1999. He later worked as a scout for Baltimore until his retirement in December.
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He married the former Anna Marie Orlando in 1971, leaving Game 7 of the World Series at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium by helicopter for a private flight to Pittsburgh, where he was met by a police escort to get to the wedding.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two children.