Curt Schilling enjoyed some of the best postseasons in the history of baseball, taking the mound for three different franchises in the World Series and compiling an 11-2 record in extended play in October and November. Schilling hasn’t fared as well in life after baseball as he fared on the mound after the regular season. He lost tens of millions of dollars in a failed video-game business venture, declined a potential run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts as Republican that his party ultimately won, and was bypassed for the Hall of Fame last month despite his postseason heroics.
The 47-year-old ESPN broadcaster announced on Wednesday that he has cancer. He didn’t specify the type of cancer or the stage of the disease.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” the pitcher announced. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.”