Front Office biographies

Pete Vuckovich, Special Assistant to the General Manager

Pete Vuckovich returned to the front office in 2001 after spending four seasons as the Pirates Pitching Coach at the Major League level. He served the club as Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel during the 1996 campaign.

Vuckovich's association with the Bucs began in 1992. He served the club as its minor league pitching coordinator for two seasons and was a special assistant to former General Manager Cam Bonifay in 1994 and 1995.

The Johnstown, PA, native pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues after being selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 1974 June free agent draft. He made his Major League debut with the ChiSox on 8/3/75 and spent the entire 1976 season with Chicago before being selected by Toronto in the American League expansion draft on 11/5/76.

In 286 Major League games, Pete compiled a 93-69 record and a 3.66 ERA. The highlight of his career came in 1982 when he went 18-6 for Milwaukee, won the A.L. Cy Young Award and helped the Brewers earn a World Series berth against St. Louis. Arm problems forced him to retire prior to the 1987 season.

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh organization, Vuke worked as a color commentator for Brewers baseball with WCGV-TV for three seasons (1989-1991).

PERSONAL: Pete was born on 10/27/52 in Johnstown, PA. He and his wife Anna reside in Johnstown and have three sons; Lazo (31), Pete Jr. (28) and Damian (26) ... Has one granddaughter; Grace Ann and one grandson; Jakob ... Is a graduate of Conemaugh Valley (PA) High School, where he was a three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football ... Also played baseball at Clarion (PA) State College and was an all-conference performer for three years and was twice named team MVP and NAIA All-American in 1974 ... Starred as Yankees first baseman, Clu Heyward, in the motion picture Major League ... Was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Washington-Greene Chapter) on 11/1/08.


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