Curt Schilling Phillie Phire! by Paul Hagen

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Curt was the losing pitcher in Game 1 but came back to pitch a five-hit shutout that kept the Phillies alive in Game 5. The Phillies led into the bottom of the ninth of Game 6. Curt was already thinking ahead to the decisive seventh game when Joe Carter ended it with a dramatic three-run homer at SkyDome. Page 53 Page 54 "As the ball was going out, my first thought was that I had just witnessed one of the greatest moments in baseball history," Curt said. "I had chills for an hour. It didn't hit me for a good five minutes that it was over.

Photo by: Rosemary Rahn. Page 36 Gehrig, Curt, Shonda and Gabriella, Christmas, 1998. Page 37 Being traded to Houston wasn't the only change in Curt's career that year. Until then, he had been used mostly as a starter. But when he was asked in a conference call with the Houston media what role he preferred, he said he'd like to try being a closer. "There was a lot of money to be made there," he explained. " Curt reported to Houston's training site in Kissimmee, Florida. He had a good spring and opened the 1991 season as the Astros closer.

That didn't mean he was always bigger and better than other kids his age, though. In fact, he didn't make the varsity baseball team until he was a senior at Shadow Mountain High School. Page 14 Again, however, what appeared to be a setback at the time ended up as a positive experience. Curt did some pitching in Little League and during the summer, but he usually played third base. He could always throw hard, but he also enjoyed hitting. "I had a difference of opinion with the varsity coach," Curt said.

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