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Heart of the Order: Curt Schilling

Heart of the Order: Curt Schilling

What does Curt Schilling enjoy more than pitching a big game? Raising money for charity, particularly anything to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Schilling has been nothing short of tireless in his work with ALS, creating his own organization, "Curt's Pitch," back when he was with the Phillies. The program continued when he moved to the Diamondbacks and is now run in conjunction with the ALS Association of Massachusetts. Schilling frequently keeps in contact with people who have been stricken with the disease.

Heart of the Order
With the World Series approaching, MLB.com explores the people behind the numbers on the AL champion Red Sox.

C: J. Varitek
1B: K. Youkilis
2B: D. Pedroia
SS: J. Lugo
3B: M. Lowell
LF: M. Ramirez
CF: J. Ellsbury
RF: J. Drew
DH: D. Ortiz
SP: J. Beckett
SP: C. Schilling
CL: J. Papelbon

And it doesn't stop with ALS. Schilling and his wife, Shonda, are also deeply involved in the prevention of skin cancer. Shonda Schilling had melanoma in 2001 and after being cured, she started the SHADE Foundation.

The day Schilling was traded to the Red Sox, he immediately donated $500,000 to the cancer-fighting Jimmy Fund.

While many players don't think about their post-playing career until after they retired, Schilling already has his own business, a gaming company called 38 Studios.

The Maynard, Mass., facility produces video games and other entertainment products. On the company's Web site, you'll find out that "38 Studios has assembled a team of world-class creative talent to bring to life an epic new intellectual property to redefine conventional multi-player gaming as it exists today, and nothing less."

Another indulgence of Schilling's is blogging. On www.38pitches.com, Schilling produces more words during some of his posts than those who get paid to be sportswriters. Not only does Schilling give detailed descriptions of his starts, but he also has question and answer feedback with fans. And in case you think Schilling has someone do the typing for him, it should be noted that he does all of it himself.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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