On Sunday, the Oakland A’s will honor legendary pitcher Dave Stewart by withdrawing his no. 34 jersey.
Stew, as just about every A fan called him, spent eight seasons with the team. He helped them beat the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, where he also earned MVP honors.
Stew won 20 games in four consecutive seasons beginning in 1987. He had a 2.22 ERA in 14 postseason starts.
Stewart, an Oakland native and graduate of St. Elizabeth High School, grew up just blocks from the Coliseum where he would later have some of his best performances.
“Knowing that my name and number in a ballpark that I used to sneak into and watch baseball games from when I was 11 is something I can’t even put into words,” Stewart said. “It’s going to take me a while to grasp the true extent of this.”
Stewart now wants her work and her legacy to inspire the next generation of Oakland kids.
“Understanding that anything can happen, you have to allow yourself to dream, the next thing you have to do is make the dream a reality,” Stewart said.
Stewart’s wife, Lonnie Murray, said friends and family came from all over the world to celebrate the occasion, which was delayed for two years due to the pandemic. Former Stewart teammates and baseball executives, including Wally Haas and Tony LaRussa, will also be present at the ceremony. But, Murray said two important people will be missing.
“When it was originally planned for 2020, we had his mother and stepfather since that time we’ve lost them both, which makes it a different experience,”
Stewart was incredibly close to his mother and stepfather.
“I know how much it takes away from living the moment fully,” Murray said. “It’s probably going to be more meaningful once it’s over, and he’s thinking.”