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Curt Schilling reveals he has cancer

The three-time World Series champion didn't disclose what type of cancer he had, saying only in a statement that he's 'been presented with another challenge' that he vows to fight.

Curt Schilling, who wins two World Series with the Red Sox, retires in 2007 after 20 seasons in the major leagues. A borderline Hall of Famer, the righty has a 216-146 record with a 3.46 ERA. His postseason numbers are sterling: 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA.

Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox pitcher who authored the famed “Bloody Sock” game and was one of the best postseason performers of all time, announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Schilling, now a broadcaster for ESPN, vowed to fight the disease in a statement, saying: “With my incredibly talented medical team, I’m ready to try and win another big game.”

He did not specify what type of cancer he has.

The 47-year-old Schilling was recently named to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team. He pitched for 20 years in the majors, winning World Series titles with Arizona in 2001 and the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He also made news post-retirement for the failure of his video game company, 38 Studios, in Rhode Island.

Schilling released this statement, through ESPN:

“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. 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.

My father left me with a saying that I've carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: 'tough times don't last, tough people do.' Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means.

With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another big game. I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.

Thank you,

Curt Schilling, now an ESPN analyst, reveals on Wednesday that he has cancer.

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In its own statement, ESPN said:

“Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time. His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

Schilling’s wife, Shonda, has also battled cancer. In 2001, she was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma.

Schilling was a three-time 20-game winner and had a career mark of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. He is 15th on the all-time list with 3,116 strikeouts.

But he was at his best in October, recording an 11-2 mark with a 2.23 ERA in 19 post-season starts. He was the co-MVP of Arizona’s ’01 World Series victory over the Yankees with teammateRandy Johnson.

Schilling beat the Yankees at the Stadium in Game 6 of the 2004 AL Championship Series while pitching on an injured ankle that bled through his sock during the game. Schilling allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.

The victory forced a Game 7 in the series in which the Red Sox completed an historic comeback by winning a series in which they trailed, three games to none. Boston went on to beat the Cardinals in the World Series, ending a championship drought that lasted 86 years.

Johnson, who with Schilling was part of a potent pitching duo in the desert reacted to the news on Twitter. Johnson tweeted: “Sending heartfelt thoughts to my baseball brother Curt Schilling and his family during this difficult time.”

Current Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino also tweeted about Schilling’s illness: “Sending well wishes to Curt Schilling and his family. Always tough to see, stay strong!”