Ex-O's pitcher Stewart, who fell on hard times, dies at 63
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Former Baltimore pitcher Sammy Stewart, who helped the Orioles win the 1983 World Series before falling into a life of crack cocaine addiction and arrests, has died. He was 63.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office said Stewart was found dead Friday at a residence. No cause for his death had been determined as of Sunday.
Stewart set a major league record by striking out seven straight batters in his major league debut in 1978. He had a 0.00 ERA in four World Series games, spanning 7 2/3 innings.
The right-hander went 59-48 with 45 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 10 seasons — the first eight with Baltimore, then one each with Boston and Cleveland.
Stewart was arrested dozens of times after his career. He pawned his championship ring, was homeless and spent more than six years in prison before being released in 2013.