Vida Blue Stats

Vida Blue was born on Thursday, July 28, 1949, in Mansfield, Louisiana. Blue was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 20, 1969, with the Oakland Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Vida Blue baseball stats page.

"This season I'm gonna pitch the way Vida knows how to pitch all season. No letdowns. I want to go to a World Series in the worst way. I want to win a World Series. That's the one thing I want to do." - Vida Blue (1979)
Vida Blue

Vida Blue Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#432)
Vida Blue Autograph on a 1981 Fleer Baseball Card (#432)

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Birth Name:
Vida Rochelle Blue
Nickname:
None
Born On:
07-28-1949  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mansfield, Louisiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
De Soto High School (Mansfield, LA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
189
First Game:
07-20-1969 (Age 19)
Last Game:
10-02-1986
Draft:
1967 : 2nd Round (27th)
Vida Blue

Vida Blue Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1969 20 Athletics 12 4 1 1 1 .500 6.64 0 0 1 42.0 191 49 31 34 13 18 1 24 1 0 0 -
1970 21 Athletics 6 6 0 2 0 1.000 2.09 2 2 0 38.2 147 20 9 12 0 12 0 35 0 1 0 -
1971 22 Athletics 39 39 0 24 8 .750 1.82 24 8 0 312.0 1,207 209 63 73 19 88 3 301 10 4 1 -
1972 23 Athletics 25 23 0 6 10 .375 2.80 5 4 0 151.0 606 117 47 55 11 48 3 111 2 1 0 -
1973 24 Athletics 37 37 0 20 9 .690 3.28 13 4 0 263.2 1,083 214 96 108 26 105 2 158 15 4 2 -
1974 25 Athletics 40 40 0 17 15 .531 3.25 12 1 0 282.1 1,159 246 102 118 17 98 7 174 9 1 0 -
1975 26 Athletics 39 38 1 22 11 .667 3.01 13 2 1 278.0 1,153 243 93 103 21 99 4 189 4 5 2 -
1976 27 Athletics 37 37 0 18 13 .581 2.35 20 6 0 298.1 1,205 268 78 90 9 63 3 166 5 1 1 -
1977 28 Athletics 38 38 0 14 19 .424 3.83 16 1 0 279.2 1,184 284 119 138 23 86 5 157 11 1 0 -
1978 29 Giants 35 35 0 18 10 .643 2.79 9 4 0 258.0 1,042 233 80 87 12 70 4 171 5 0 0 -
1979 30 Giants 34 34 0 14 14 .500 5.01 10 0 0 237.0 1,041 246 132 143 23 111 11 138 8 1 0 -
1980 31 Giants 31 31 0 14 10 .583 2.97 10 3 0 224.0 914 202 74 79 14 61 8 129 3 0 2 -
1981 32 Giants 18 18 0 8 6 .571 2.45 1 0 0 124.2 513 97 34 40 7 54 3 63 7 1 0 -
1982 33 Royals 31 31 0 13 12 .520 3.78 6 2 0 181.0 773 163 76 80 20 80 3 103 4 0 0 -
1983 34 Royals 19 14 4 0 5 .000 6.01 1 0 0 85.1 382 96 57 62 12 35 0 53 6 2 2 -
1985 36 Giants 33 20 5 8 8 .500 4.47 1 0 0 131.0 574 115 65 70 17 80 1 103 8 1 2 -
1986 37 Giants 28 28 0 10 10 .500 3.27 0 0 0 156.2 663 137 57 65 19 77 3 100 5 0 1 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
17 Years 502 473 11 209 161 .565 3.27 143 37 2 3,343.1 13,837 2,939 1,213 1,357 263 1,185 61 2,175 103 23 13 -
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Vida Blue Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1969 20 Athletics 12 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
1970 21 Athletics 6 15 1 3 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 7 1 0 0 1 .200 .250 .467
1971 22 Athletics 39 102 6 12 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 63 13 0 2 0 .118 .167 .127
1972 23 Athletics 27 45 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 34 2 0 0 0 .044 .140 .044
1973 24 Athletics 38 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 25 Athletics 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 26 Athletics 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 27 Athletics 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 28 Athletics 38 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 29 Giants 35 79 8 6 1 0 1 0 2 16 0 51 5 0 1 0 .076 .240 .127
1979 30 Giants 37 83 7 10 1 0 1 0 3 6 0 35 8 0 0 0 .120 .180 .169
1980 31 Giants 31 68 3 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 34 7 1 0 0 .074 .111 .088
1981 32 Giants 18 35 4 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 10 5 0 0 1 .200 .263 .257
1982 33 Royals 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 34 Royals 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 36 Giants 33 30 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 12 8 0 0 0 .133 .212 .167
1986 37 Giants 28 43 3 4 1 0 1 0 3 6 0 20 4 0 0 0 .093 .204 .186
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
17 Years 508 512 37 53 9 0 4 0 15 49 0 271 53 1 3 2 .104 .186 .145
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Vida Blue Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1969 Athletics P 12 4 126 5 0.4 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.07
1970 Athletics P 6 6 116 8 1.3 8 1 7 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.86
1971 Athletics P 39 39 936 39 1.0 39 15 24 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1972 Athletics P 25 23 453 23 0.9 21 4 17 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .913 1.25
1973 Athletics P 37 37 791 39 1.1 39 9 30 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.33
1974 Athletics P 40 40 847 29 0.7 26 10 16 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .897 0.83
1975 Athletics P 39 38 834 39 1.0 38 4 34 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.23
1976 Athletics P 37 37 895 38 1.0 37 3 34 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.12
1977 Athletics P 38 38 839 51 1.3 48 6 42 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.54
1978 Giants P 35 35 774 41 1.2 41 12 29 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.43
1979 Giants P 34 34 711 53 1.6 52 10 42 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.97
1980 Giants P 31 31 672 57 1.8 56 14 42 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.25
1981 Giants P 18 18 374 41 2.3 40 11 29 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.89
1982 Royals P 31 31 543 38 1.2 36 14 22 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.79
1983 Royals P 19 14 256 13 0.7 13 3 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.37
1985 Giants P 33 20 393 30 0.9 28 7 21 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.92
1986 Giants P 28 28 470 29 1.0 27 3 24 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.55
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 502 473 10,030 573 1.1 554 127 427 19 21 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.49
17 Years 502 473 10,030 573 1.1 554 127 427 19 21 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.49
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Vida Blue Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1969 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 1.33 5.14 3.86
1970 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 15.0 2.1 5.0 2.92 8.15 2.79
1971 Athletics 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 51.0 3.42 8.68 2.54
1972 Athletics 0 1 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 2.31 6.62 2.86
1973 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.50 5.39 3.58
1974 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.78 5.55 3.12
1975 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.91 6.12 3.21
1976 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.63 5.01 1.90
1977 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.83 5.05 2.77
1978 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 79.0 1.5 39.5 2.44 5.97 2.44
1979 Giants 0 0 .000 2 1 n/a 83.0 2.4 27.7 1.24 5.24 4.22
1980 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 68.0 2.11 5.18 2.45
1981 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 35.0 1.17 4.55 3.90
1982 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.29 5.12 3.98
1983 Royals 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.51 5.59 3.69
1985 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 1.29 7.08 5.50
1986 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 43.0 2.2 14.3 1.30 5.74 4.42
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
17 Years 0 2 .000 3 3 0 128.0 1.9 34.1 1.84 5.85 3.19
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Vida Blue Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1969 Oakland Athletics 21 $4,200.00 - -
1970 Oakland Athletics 17 , 35 $6,200.00 - -
1971 Oakland Athletics 35 $14,750.00 Stats -
1972 Oakland Athletics 35 $63,000.00 - Stats
1973 Oakland Athletics 14 $51,000.00 - Stats
1974 Oakland Athletics 14 Undetermined - Stats
1975 Oakland Athletics 14 $80,000.00 Stats -
1976 Oakland Athletics 14 $135,000.00 - -
1977 Oakland Athletics 14 $145,000.00 Stats -
1978 San Francisco Giants 14 $205,000.00 Stats -
1979 San Francisco Giants 14 Undetermined - -
1980 San Francisco Giants 14 Undetermined Stats -
1981 San Francisco Giants 14 Undetermined Stats -
1982 Kansas City Royals 33 Undetermined - -
1983 Kansas City Royals 33 , 14 $700,000.00 - -
1985 San Francisco Giants 14 $250,000.00 - -
1986 San Francisco Giants 14 $450,000.00 - -


Did you know that Vida Blue was the first pitcher in Major League history to start an All-Star Game for both the American ( 1971 ) and National ( 1978 ) League? Since starting the "club", Blue has been joined by Randy Johnson ( 1995 & 2000 ), Roger Clemens ( 1986 & 2004 ) and Roy Halladay ( 2009 & 2011 ).

Vida Blue was the last switch hitter in American League history to win a Most Valuable Player Award , although he probably won it because he went 24-8, with a 1.82 ERA, striking out 301 hitters and tossing 8 shutout. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of his no-hitter, tossed the year before, researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Vida Blue', Page 262):
Vida Blue on Time Magazine
Vida Blue | Time Magazine | August 28, 1971 | Cover by Bob Peak

Vida Blue No-Hitter (Box Score: 09-21-1970 )

Just 18 days before he faced the AL West's first place Minnesota Twins at Oakland Coliseum, Vida Blue had been pitching in the American Association at Des Moines. But by Monday September 21 when he took the mound for the AL West's second place Oakland Athletics , the 21-year-old lefthander had not only been recalled, he had pitched a one-hitter ( box ) against the Kansas City Royals , giving up a lone single with two outs in the eighth.

Blue, who had pitched in 12 games in 1969 for the A's would make six appearances for them in 1970, had a 1-0 record when he took the hill against 23-game winner Jim Perry , the American League's eventual Cy Young winner that year. A win for the Twins would clinch the division title.

But Blue delayed the victory party. Instead before a scant crowd of 4,284, he shut down the hard-hitting Twins without a hit, striking out nine and walking just one. Only four balls were hit to the outfield.

Relying mostly on a sizzling fastball, Blue threw 114 pitches while retiring the side in order in all but one inning.

The youthful southpaw got off to a fast start in the first by striking out Cesar Tovar and Harmon Killebrew around a fly out to right by Leo Cardenas .

The Athletics staked Blue to a 1-0 lead in the first when Bert Campaneris led off with a triple, and after a walk to Joe Rudi , scored as Felipe Alou grounded into a double play. The rest of the A's scoring didn't occur until the eighth when singles by Don Mincher and Sal Bando and an error produced one run, a walk, and bunt single by Dick Green got another, and Campaneris finished the job with a three-run homer to left.

Blue cruised right along, getting Tony Oliva , Brant Alyea and Rick Renick all to ground out in the second, and striking out George Mitterwald and Perry in the third.

The perfect game ended in the fourth when Blue issued a two-out walk to Killebrew . Oliva followed with a ground out to end the inning.

That was the last Twins ' base-runner. Blue retired the last 16 batters in a row.

He got a special lift in the fifth when Campaneris leaped and made a backhanded grab of Mitterwald's blistering two out line drive. In the eighth, after Alyea was called out on strikes and Renick grounded out to the mound, Mitterwald almost broke up the no hitter again with a hot smash to third base. Bando knocked it down, and threw to first for the out.

Blue was at his best in the ninth. He struck out Danny Thompson on four pitches to start the inning. Then he fanned the dangerous Bob Allison , pinch-hitting for Perry . The last batter was Tovar , and he hit a high pop that first baseman Mincher gloved in foul territory.

Blue had his second and final decision of the year. He was awarded a $2000 bonus by A's owner Charles Finley.

The hard-throwing lefty would go on to become the league's best pitcher the following season. In 1975, the pitched five hitless innings while combining with three other Athletics hurlers to record a no-hitter ( box ) against the California Angels.

When Vida Blue won the 1971 Cy Young Award , he became the youngest pitcher in the American League to ever win and the first pitcher from the Athletics (including their time in Philadelphia).

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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