OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and three-time World Series champion, Vida Blue, passed away on Saturday.  

Blue made his Major League Baseball debut when he joined the Oakland A’s organization in 1969. He was named American League MVP in 1971 and helped the Oakland A’s win three consecutive World Series championships from 1972 to 1974. Blue, who wore the number “35”, was also a six-time MLB All-Star.

He also played 6 seasons for the San Francisco Giants from 1978 to 1981 and 1985 to 1986.

Major League Baseball released the following statement on Blue’s passing:

“We mourn the passing of Vida Blue, a Cy Young, MVP and three-time World Series winner. He was 73.”

The Oakland A’s released a statement Sunday morning that read in part:

“Vida will always be a franchise legend and friend. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this arduous time.”

The Oakland A’s released the following statement from the Blue family:

“It is with great sadness that the Blue family mourn the passing of our beloved father Vida Blue. Vida was a great father, grandfather, brother, friend, and teammate who will be forever cherished, honored and loved. We appreciate your uplifting prayers as we deal with the overwhelming loss of our father. We ask for respect and privacy during this challenging time.”

The San Francisco Giants released the following statement on Vida Blue:

“The #SFGiants are saddened to learn of the passing of six-time All-Star and longtime Bay Area pitcher Vida Blue. Our deepest condolences go to the Blue family, his friends and all those whose lives he touched.”

The Oakland A’s Hall of Famer was 73-years-old.