November 1, 2013
Curt Schilling, the Hall Of Fame pitcher, who lead the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox to world championships. (as an inspirational leader as well as the dominant pitcher in his league each year,) is now a leading activist in ALS research.
His organization “Curt’s Pitch for ALS” donates money each time he strikes out a batter. He also donated his winnings of $25,000 from the Celebrity Version of Jeopardy in 2006. Also while pitching, after his ankle surgery, he would write K ALS (strike out ALS) on his sneaker, knowing that the cameras would focus on his foot numerous times throughout the game. His weekly radio shows with WEEI Boston raised over $100,000 a year for the charity as well.
He invested heavily in a video game venture called 38 Studios named after his jersey number. In July of 2010 they receiving a $75 million dollar loan from the State of Rhode Island and its Economic Development Corporation (EDC), they had promised to bring 450 jobs to the state by the end of 2012. On November of 2010, 38 Studios announced their closure of its $75 million financing. Due to missing a scheduled payment they went bankrupt costing lenders a lot of money and ending jobs that were promised for many. Shortly after the company went bankrupt the State of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against Schilling and the company.
Schilling’s squeaky clean image suffered from that public, political kerfuffle. His next venture, quote “Curt’s pitch for ALS” was more successful and created a lot of jobs as well.
He also campaigned hard for Republican candidates, and it is not clear weather that helped or hurt his public image. Today, “Curt’s Pitch for ALS” is a major supporter of the ALS association. Fans and organizations can sponsor these charities as well, donating money every time he threw a strikeout.
Schilling named his son Gehrig after Lou Gehrig, the most famous person to die of what is now called “Lou Gehrigs Disease.”
It’s similar to Ted Williams adopting the Jimmy Fund for cancer research but some children recover from cancer. Nobody with ALS gets well. That is why ALS is less popular cause than cancer.
In his 16-year career, he won 216 games and lost 146 but in the statistics that really matter, he stuck out 3,116 batters and walked 711; gave up 2,998 hits 347 home runs; and faced 773 batters. Those are the statistics that matter most in evaluating and comparing pitchers. They do not involve circumstances beyond the pitchers control. These numbers reflect a Hall of Fame career.