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AP 2001

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order. In August, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Curt Schilling


The six-time All-Star and 2001 World Series co-MVP pitched at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix and Yavapai College.

He led the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001) and the Boston Red Sox (2004 and 2007) to World Series titles. He also pitched in the 1993 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Schilling was an All-Star from 1997 to 1999 and in 2001, 2002 and 2004. He led the NL in victories (22) in 2001 and topped the AL in wins (21) in 2004.

The right-hander was a veteran of 20 major-league seasons before a shoulder injury sidelined him in 2008. He retired in March 2009.

While with the D-backs, Schilling went 58-28 with a 3.14 ERA from 2000 to 2003, finishing second in NL Cy Young voting twice. Schilling also finished second in AL Cy Young voting in 2004 with Boston.

In one of the most famous images of his career, blood appeared on his white sock while he pitched during the 2004 playoffs. He had undergone surgery for a loose tendon in his right ankle. The bloody sock is now on display at the Hall of Fame. Schilling helped the Red Sox end their 86-year World Series championship drought that year.

Schilling has also been one of baseball's most visible and outspoken figures. He campaigned for former President George W. Bush in 2004, testified at a congressional hearing on steroids use in 2005 and considered a Senate run in 2009.

While Schilling pitched at Yavapai, the Roughriders reached the Junior College World Series in 1986.

Hometown; current age:

Anchorage, Alaska; 44

By the numbers:

• Career record: 216-146

• Career ERA: 3.46

• Career postseason record: 11-2

• Career postseason ERA: 2.23

Sarah Trotto


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