Dave Stewarts Major League career lasted 15 seasons and featured many 20-win seasons, a World Series MVP honor, two World Championship titles, and the nickname “Smoke” for his cool demeanor on the mound. However a particular highlight that may not be in the record books plays a significant part in CC’s “off the field” philanthropic efforts.
In the Spring of 1989, he made a special visit to the Continentals of Omegas Boys and Girls Club in Vallejo California to deliver a special message to a group of girls and boys. During the afternoon visit, Dave made sure the share his knowledge and love for baseball as well as his respect for the communities and being a good person. In that group was a nine year-old boy named CC Sabathia.
To this day, CC reflects back on that special visit and how a Major League Baseball player of African-American decent would take time to personally come to Vallejo. It inspired CC back then and continues on as CC does his part to give pack to communities across the country.
On the mound, Stewart was best know for his years with the Oakland Athletics from 1987 to 1990 in which he notched 84 wins — all 20-victory seasons — and led the Athletics to three consecutive World Series appearances. In 1989, he notched 21 wins, two more in the American League Championship Series and two more in the World Series, winning the Series MVP award as the A’s captured their fourth Series championship in Oakland. Stewart left the A’s after the 1992 season for the Toronto Blue Jays winning 12 games for the Jays as they went on to win the 1993 Fall Classic.
Today, Dave Stewart continues to be involved with pro baseball as an agent.