After his career in Oakland, he moved across the bay to San Francisco, pitching for the Giants (1978-81, 1985-86).

"Vida Blue has been a Bay Area baseball icon for over 50 years," said Larry Baer, the Giants presidnet and CEO, in a statement. "His impact on the Bay Area transcends his 17 tyears on the diamond with the influence he's had on our community."

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Blue posted a 209-161 record with a 3.27 ERA, 143 complete games and 37 shutouts in 502 career appearances (473 starts) with the Athletics, Giants and Kansas City Royals (1982-83)

"Vida Blue rest in peace, my mentor, hero, and friend," retired pitcher Dave Stewart wrote on Twitter. "I remember watching a 19 year old phenom dominate baseball, and at the same time alter my life. There are no words for what you have meant to me and so many others. My heart goes out to the Blue family."

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--Field Level Media