Bruce V. Hurst
Bruce V. Hurst (1958-)
was born in St. George, Utah, and grew up on the “sandlots of Utah’s Dixie.” At age 17, Bruce was the first round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1976 Amateur Draft. He moved step by step from Winter Haven to Bristol to Pawtucket until finally on April 12, 1980, with the famed “Green Monster” wall behind him, he was the starting pitcher at Fenway Park. During the offseason, Bruce played on the Rebel basketball team and continued his education at Dixie College until he graduated.
Bruce pitched 19 years in professional baseball, 15 of those years in the Majors. In 1981, he pitched five innings in the then-longest game in Major League history (8 hours and 25 minutes – 33 innings). In the 1986 World Series, he was the starting pitcher for Boston in three games and posted a minute 1.96 ERA, while winning two of his three starts and was ahead in Game 6 when he was relieved. His 56 victories at Fenway Park are second among lefthanders in team history. In 1988, he led the league with 10 complete games and was member of the American League All-Star team. In 1989, he was traded to the San Diego Padres, for whom he pitched for four seasons. He was later traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1993 and the Texas Rangers in 1994, where he retired due to shoulder problems.
He returned to St. George and coached the Dixie College Rebel baseball team during the 1995-96 season and was the initial manager of the Zion Pioneerzz independent minor league professional baseball team. He and his wife, the former Holly Barton, are the parents of two sons and two daughters.