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Herm Starrette

Herman Paul Starrette (November 20, 1936 – June 2, 2017) was an American relief pitcher, pitching and bullpen coach, and farm system official in Major League Baseball. Starrette was a native and lifelong resident of Statesville, North Carolina. He attended Lenoir Rhyne College in nearby Hickory. During his playing days, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall, and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Herm Starrette
Born: (1936-11-20)November 20, 1936
Statesville, North Carolina
Died: June 2, 2017(2017-06-02) (aged 80)
Statesville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 1963, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1965, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1–1
Earned run average 2.54
Innings pitched 46

Starrette played his nine-year (1958–66) pitching career in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and spent parts of three seasons (1963–65) at the Major League level. Appearing in 27 MLB games, he pitched in 46 innings and split two decisions with an earned run average of 2.54. He allowed 43 hits and 16 bases on balls, struck out 21 and earned one save.

His coaching career began with the Orioles' Triple-A farm club, the Rochester Red Wings, in 1967, and the following season he succeeded George Bamberger as Baltimore's roving minor league pitching instructor. The Orioles' system of the time was celebrated for developing young pitching, and after six seasons in that job, Starrette became a Major League pitching coach for the 1974 Atlanta Braves. He would spend the next 28 years as a pitching coach, bullpen coach, minor league instructor, coordinator of instruction, and farm system director with the Braves, Orioles, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox. He was the pitching coach of the 1980 world champion Phillies.

Starrette was a trusted associate of Dan Duquette, working with him in Milwaukee, Montreal and Boston as a farm system official and minor and Major League coach. After Duquette's ouster as general manager in Boston in February 2002, Starrette retired from baseball.

Starrette died June 2, 2017.[1]


  • Boston Red Sox 2001 media guide.
  • Marcin, Joe, and Byers, Dick, eds., The Baseball Register, 1977 edition. St. Louis: The Sporting News.

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