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Stone Retires As Cubs TV Announcer

November 1, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Cubs announcer Steve Stone said Wednesday he will retire after 18 years with WGN-TV.

Stone, 53, the station’s color commentator, said in a statement issued by WGN that he has ``a tremendous desire to work with young athletes.″

``In the past, I have worked with baseball players, as well as athletes from other sports, on their competition skills,″ he said. ``I found that to be very rewarding.″

Bob Vorwald, executive producer of WGN Sports, said Stone wants to be a ``competition consultant″ to either individual athletes or a pitching tutor for a team.

``It’s pretty wide open,″ Vorwald said.

``While we are sorry to see him go, we are happy that he is pursuing his dream,″ WGN station manager Bob Ramsey said. ``We wish him nothing but the best.″

Stone, a former Cubs and White Sox pitcher, won the 1980 AL Cy Young Award while pitching for the Baltimore Orioles. He retired from baseball in 1982, then joined WGN the next year.

Stone did not broadcast the last six weeks of the season, taking an definite leave of absence in August for health reasons, including fighting a viral infection and kidney-stone removal.

But Stone said health concerns had nothing to do with his decision to retire.

``I am getting better all the time,″ he said. ``I am just looking for a new path.″

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