A late American professional baseball player, Vida Blue is known as a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from the year 1969 to the year 1986. He served as the essential member of the Oakland Athletics dynasty which won the World Series championships three times in a row from the year 1972 to 1974. Besides, Blue was also the winner of the American League (AL) Cy Young Award as well.
Early Life of Vida Blue
Vida Blue opened his eyes to his world on July 28, 1949, in Mansfield, Louisiana, United States of America. This made Vida 73 yeras olda s of 2023. Vida used to celebrate his birthday every July 28 with his friends and family. According to his date of birth, Vida fell under the Leo sun sign. His birth name was Vida Rochelle Blue Jr.
He was the son of Vida Blue Sr. (father) and Sallie Blue (mother). Vida is the eldest son of six children by his parents. Vida held American nationality while he belonged to black ethnic background. He had faith and belief in the Christian religion.
Education of Vida Blue
Vida went to DeSoto High School in Mansfield. While he was in his senior year of football he had done 35 touchdown passes while rushing for 1,600 yards.
Vida Blue’s Marriage Life
Vida was married to Peggy Shannon till the year 1996. The pair tied their marriage knot on September 24, 1989. They held their wedding ceremony at Candlestick Park. Vida was 31 years old at the time of their wedding.
After staying in the marital relationship for around seven years the pairs got divorced from each other in the year 1996.
Children of Vida Blue
Vida was the father of twin daughters. He shared his adorable daughters with his ex-wife Peggy. His daughters were born in the early 1990s. Vida even had one other son whose name is Derrick, and two other daughters as well.
Net Worth of Vida Blue
As of 2023, Vida had an estimated net worth of $7 million approximately. Vida was earning this huge sum of money from his professional career as a baseball player as well as a baseball analyst.
Blue used to make around $0.5 million per year as his salary. Besides that Vida also used to get a huge sum of money from the paid promotion as well.
Vida Blue Died at 73 years
Vida left this world on May 6, 2023, in Tracy, California of the United States. Blue was 73 years old 73. Vida lost his life in the hospital in the East Bay. He was suffering from cancer and the reason behind his death was the medical complications due to cancer. His team tributed condolence through a statement saying:
“It is with great sadness that the Blue family mourn the passing of our beloved father Vida Blue. Vida was a great father, grandfather, brother, friend, and teammate who will be forever cherished, honored and loved. We appreciate your uplifting prayers as we deal with the overwhelming loss of our father. We ask for respect and privacy during this challenging time.”
Professional Career of Vida Blue
- Vida started his professional career as a baseball player as a power pitcher.
- Blue was counted as one of the second-hardest throwers of the era of Bill James.
- In 1967, Vida was chosen by the then-Kansas City Athletics in the second round of the MLB draft.
- In March 1978, Blue was traded to the San Francisco Giants by the Athletics Blue.
- Vida even worked as a baseball analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area after he retired from his baseball career.
- In the 1987 season, Vida made an agreement with the Oakland Athletics but in the same year, he declared his retirement.
Awards of Vida Blue
- Vida had won a few awards during his career.
- He was the champion of the MVP for three I’m in a consecutive way.
- Vida was a six-time All-Star.
- Vida is the winner of the American League Cy Young Award as well.
- He was the winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award too.
FAQs of Vida Blue
How fast did Vida Blue throw?
While the pitchers did not use to throw as hard as today’s pitchers throw, Blue used to have an average throw fastball of 94 mph. Blue had even recorded the pitches of 100 mph as well.
What is Vida Blue known for?
Vida is well known for his throw power if average of 94 mph. Besides that, Blue is famous for being the winner of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.
What was Vida Blues’ Height?
Blue stood at the height of 5 feet and 11 inches tall. Vida has a body weight of 85kg. On the other hand, Vida had an attractive pair of black color eyes and black color hair.
Where did Vida Blue use to live?
Vida used to love California’s Twain Harte area in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He stayed for a long period of time after getting retired from baseball. After that in the year 2007, Blue moved to Tracy, California.