Sad news touched the world of baseball today. Former Arizona Diamondbacks’ great Curt Schilling announced he was battling cancer. In a statement released to ESPN, for whom he was tapped to work “Sunday Night “Baseball” telecasts, Schilling stated:
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”
His wife Shonda is a skin cancer survivor, having had a bout with malignant melanoma in 2001. She will provide a valuable resource for him to draw inspiration from as he battles this disease. The statement does not indicate when the diagnosis was made.
Schilling was part of the greatest run of success in Diamondbacks’ history. He helped lead the team to their only World Series Championship title in 2001 and won 23 games the next season as the D’backs repeated as National League West champions. In 3 1/2 seasons in Arizona, Schilling went 58-28 with a 3.14 ERA and 875 strikeouts in only 781 2/3 innings.
Our prayers go out to Curt and the entire Schilling family as he tackles this next, big challenge in his life.