Born: Nov 14, 1966
Among the top five players the franchise let get away, righthander Schilling was tried in the bullpen by the Astros in 1991 after being acquired as part of the Glenn Davis deal with Baltimore. He went 3-5 with eight saves and a 3.81 ERA in 56 games. The Houston brass felt he was immature and sent him to the Phillies for pitcher Jason Grimsley.
Two seasons later, he was pitching the Phils to the World Series and establishing himself as one of the top starting pitchers in baseball. After spending the rest of the decade with Philadelphia, he was traded at the 2000 deadline to Arizona and he paired with ex-Astro Randy Johnson to win the World Series in 2001. Before long, he was winning two titles with the Red Sox, becoming one of the rare pitchers to be an ace for three different teams in three different Series. He was 11-2 in the postseason, establishing himself as a money pitcher when throwing with a bloody sock on the way to the 2004 championship.
Along the way, he was a six-time All-Star who won 20 games or more three times and struck out 300 or more batters three times. For his 20 seasons in the bigs, he registered a 216-146 record with a 3.46 ERA, 83 complete games, 20 shutouts and 22 saves.
Publicly campaigning for Republicans in Massachusetts and elsewhere, a career in politics may someday be in the offing for him.