Famed pitcher makes two aces in one round

Friday, September 11, 2009

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Former Pittsburgh Pirates World Series star Steve Blass made two holes-in-one in a span of 11 holes during the team’s annual alumni golf outing.

Blass’s first hole-in-one Thursday at Greensburg County Club came with an 8-iron at the 154-yard, par-3 15th hole — because of the format, his fivesome started on the back nine.

His second ace came with a 7-iron on the 175-yard, par-3 seventh hole.

Golf Digest estimates the odds against a golfer having two holes-in-one in the same round at 67 million to 1.

Blass’ only previous hole-in-one was in 1996 on a Florida course that no longer exists.

The 67-year-old Blass was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, throwing a 4-hitter as the Pirates beat the Orioles 2-1.

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