Martin William Pattin (April 6, 1943 – October 3, 2018) was an American professional baseball player who played in the Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher.[1] He pitched for the California Angels (1968), Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970–1971), Boston Red Sox (1972–1973), and the Kansas City Royals (1974–1980). During a 13-year baseball career, Pattin compiled 114 wins, 1,179 strikeouts, and a 3.62 earned run average (ERA). He had a pitching motion that resembled Denny McLain with a high leg kick.[citation needed]

Marty Pattin
Marty Pattin 1969.jpg
Pattin in 1969
Born: (1943-04-06)April 6, 1943
Charleston, Illinois
Died: October 3, 2018(2018-10-03) (aged 75)
Charleston, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 14, 1968, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1980, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record114–109
Earned run average3.62
Career highlights and awards


Marty was born in Charleston, Illinois, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Eastern Illinois University. A member of the Eastern Illinois Panthers baseball team, he struck out 22 batters in a game.[2][3]

He was a 7th round draft by the California Angels in 1965 and played in the minor leagues with the Seattle Rainiers for two seasons before being promoted to the majors. He left the Angels via the 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft and joined the Seattle Pilots, which later became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. In Milwaukee, Pattin finished with a 14–12 record and a 3.39 ERA in 1970, and was named an All-Star in 1971, when he finished with a 14–14 record and a 3.13 ERA.[4]

At the end of the season, he was sent to the Boston Red Sox in a 10-player mega-trade that included Ken Brett, Billy Conigliaro, Tommy Harper, Jim Lonborg and George Scott.[4] He won 32 games in two seasons with the Red Sox, including a no-hit bid foiled in 1972, when A's Reggie Jackson hit a single off him with one out in the ninth inning.[5] According to fellow pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Pattin had a habit of throwing up after the first inning of nearly every game he pitched with the Red Sox.[6]

Sent to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Dick Drago in 1974, Marty divided his playing time between starting and relieving. He was named American League pitcher of the month twice during the 1975 campaign, in June as a starter and in September as a reliever. He retired after being granted free agency following 1980 season.[4]

After Marty's retirement as a player, he remained involved with the sport as a coach. He was the head coach of the University of Kansas baseball team from 1982 to 1987.[7] Pattin died in his sleep while visiting friends in his hometown of Charleston, Illinois on October 3, 2018.[8][9]


  1. ^ Bedore, Gary (October 3, 2018). "Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Duck tales: Ex-MLB pitcher, KU coach Marty Pattin recalls playing days". Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  3. ^, BRIAN NIELSEN, Sports. "'Too small to make it' Pattin to have jersey retired at EIU".
  4. ^ a b c "The 100 Greatest Royals of All-Time - #53 Marty Pattin". 27 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Marty Pattin -". 5 October 2006. Archived from the original on 5 October 2006.
  6. ^ Lee, Bill; Lally, Richard (1984). The Wrong Stuff (1st ed.). Three Rivers Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780307339782.
  7. ^ Reader, Bill. "Seattle Pilots ... Where are they now?", The Seattle Times, July 9, 2006.
  8. ^ "Former Royals pitcher/Kansas baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at age of 75". kansascity. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Former Royals pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty Pattin dies at 75". Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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