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Timothy Paul Stoddard (born January 24, 1953) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is one of only two men to have played in both a World Series and a Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, along with fellow East Chicago Washington High School alumnus Kenny Lofton.

Tim Stoddard
Born: (1953-01-24) January 24, 1953 (age 66)
East Chicago, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1975, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 1989, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record41–35
Earned run average3.95

A right-handed pitcher, Stoddard pitched for the Chicago White Sox (1975), Baltimore Orioles (1978–83), Chicago Cubs (1984), San Diego Padres (1985–86), New York Yankees (1986–88) and Cleveland Indians (1989). Currently, he is the pitching coach for the baseball team at North Central College.

Collegiate Baseball/Basketball careerEdit

The 6'7" Stoddard was born in East Chicago, Indiana. He was a member of the 1971 East Chicago Washington High School Senators basketball team, which went undefeated (29-0) and won the Indiana state high school basketball championship. Among his teammates were Pete Trgovich (who played at UCLA) and Junior Bridgeman (who played at Louisville and in the NBA).

Stoddard attended North Carolina State University where he was a 2-Sport athlete, playing baseball under Coach Sammy Esposito and basketball under Coach Norm Sloan.[1][2]

Stoddard pitched collegiately for NC State from 1972-1975. Stoddard was 12-3 in 1974 and ranks 4th on the single season NC State ERA list with a 1.05 ERA in 1975. The team won three ACC Championships in Stoddard's four seasons.[3][4]

In basketball, Stoddard was a starting forward on the 1973-74 Wolfpack's NCAA Basketball Champions under Coach Sloan, where he was teammates with Basketball Hall-of-Famer David Thompson. The Wolfpack went 30-1 on the season, the lone loss coming to the Bill Walton-led UCLA Bruins. The Wolfpack gained revenge in the NCAA Tournament and defeated UCLA in the Final Four, ending UCLA's seven-year run as National Champions. Stoddard had 9 points and 9 rebounds in the 80-77 double overtime semifinal victory.[5] Stoddard had 8 points and 7 rebounds in the 76-64 victory in the Championship Game vs. Marquette University.[6] For his collegiate basketball career, Stoddard averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, including 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Championship season.[7]

N.C.S.U. NCAA Championship Basketball Team, 1973-1974. Stoddard: 2nd row, middle

Professional Baseball careerEdit

Minor LeaguesEdit

In January, 1975, Stoddard was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round of the MLB January draft after playing collegiate baseball at North Carolina State. In 1975 he made his professional debut, pitching for the Class AA Knoxville Sox, where he went 3-4, with a 4.23 ERA and 7 Saves. In 1976 he pitched for Knoxville and the Class AAA Iowa Oaks. Released by the White Sox, Stoddard pitched the 1977 season for the Baltimore Orioles' Class AA Charlotte O's going 10-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 5 saves. In 1978 Stoddard was promoted to the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings, where he was 7-3 with a 2.61 ERA and 7 saves.[8]

Chicago White Sox (1975-1977)Edit

Stoddard first reached the majors with one appearance in 1975. He was released by the White Sox organization in March, 1977 and was signed by the Baltimore Orioles.[9]

Baltimore Orioles (1977-1983)Edit

After a second brief majors call up in 1978, Stoddard made a Major League Roster for good in 1979 with the Baltimore Orioles; that year, he pitched in 29 games, winning three and saving three others, with a 1.71 earned run average in 58 innings pitched. The 1979 Orioles won the American League pennant, before losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series, after leading three games to one. In Game Four, Stoddard was the winning pitcher and drove in a run with an eighth-inning single, becoming the first player to drive in a World Series run in his very first at-bat. (At the time, the World Series only used the designated hitter in even-number years.)

Stoddard became the Orioles’ closer in 1980, pitching in a career-high 64 games and finishing fourth in the AL with 26 saves, which would stand as a single-season franchise record until Don Aase broke it with 34 saves in 1986. Over the next three years Stoddard shared the closer role with left-hander Tippy Martinez. In 1983 earned run average ballooned to 6.09.

In 1983 Stoddard was a member of the Orioles 1983 World Series champions. Stoddard did not pitch in the World Series, which the Orioles won over the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. Stoddard became the first player to win a championship ring in both an NCAA basketball championship game and a World Series.[10]

Chicago Cubs (1984)Edit

After the 1983 season Stoddard was traded by Baltimore to the Oakland Athletics for third baseman Wayne Gross. In spring training (March 26, 1984) he was again traded, this time to the Chicago Cubs for two minor league players. During the 1984 season, Stoddard pitched in 58 games and posted a 10-6 record and seven saves as the Cubs won the National League East title—their first postseason appearance since the 1945 World Series. The Cubs, however, lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series. After the season Stoddard signed with the Padres as a free agent.[9] The compensation draft pick that the Cubs received for losing Stoddard in free-agency was later used to draft Rafael Palmeiro.[11]

San Diego Padres (1985-1986)Edit

While pitching for the Padres, on June 18, 1986, Stoddard hit his only career Home Run in what turned out to be his final Major League at bat.[11] After pitching for the Padres for a year and a half, Stoddard was traded to the New York Yankees on July 9, 1986 for Ed Whitson who had famously fought with Yankees Manager Billy Martin.[12][9]

New York Yankees (1986-1988)Edit

Stoddard served mainly as a Yankee setup man for closer Dave Righetti. While pitching against the then-California Angels (today the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) on September 5, 1987, Stoddard gave up the first-ever "broken bat" home run to Jack Howell.[13] Stoddard was released by the Yankees on August 14, 1988 after posting a 6.38 ERA.

Cleveland Indians (1989)Edit

Stoddard pitched his final season (1989) with the Cleveland Indians, pitching in 14 games with a 2.95 ERA before being released on July 12, 1989.[9]

In his career, Stoddard pitched in 485 games, all in relief. He won 41 games against 35 losses, with 79 saves, a 3.95 ERA and 582 strikeouts in 729⅔ innings pitched. Stoddard is one of only two men to play in both an NCAA Basketball Final Four game, and an MLB World Series.


Stoddard served as the baseball adviser and played the role of a Dodger pitcher in the 1993 film Rookie of the Year.

Stoddard also appeared in the Tom Hanks' movie Big.[1]

Collegiate CoachingEdit

Stoddard is currently the pitching coach for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, joining the school in 2016. Stoddard previously served as the pitching coach at Northwestern University for 22 seasons. 19 of his pitchers have become major-league draft selections, including Mike Koplove and J.A. Happ.[14][15]


Stoddard was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.[16]

In 2006, Stoddard was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.[17]

In 2011, Stoddard was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.[18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "A Unique 2-Sport Athlete". NC State University Athletics.
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  3. ^ "Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). NC State University Athletics.
  4. ^ "Tim Stoddard, pitcher - 0007703 - NC State University Libraries' Rare and Unique Digital Collections - NC State University Libraries' Rare and Unique Digital Collections".
  5. ^ "UCLA vs. North Carolina State Box Score, March 23, 1974". College Basketball at
  6. ^ "North Carolina State vs. Marquette Box Score, March 25, 1974". College Basketball at
  7. ^ "Tim Stoddard College Stats". College Basketball at
  8. ^ "Tim Stoddard Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  9. ^ a b c d "Tim Stoddard Stats".
  10. ^ Wilson, David (October 8, 2014). "Where are they now? 1983 Orioles". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Tim Stoddard - Society for American Baseball Research".
  12. ^ "Martin Gets Broken Arm Fighting Whitson in Bar". 23 September 1985 – via LA Times.
  13. ^ Chass, Murray (6 September 1987). "BASEBALL; Guidry Proves Baffling" – via
  14. ^ "Cardinals Add MLB Veteran Tim Stoddard to Coaching Staff". North Central College Athletics.
  15. ^ "Tim Stoddard - Baseball Coach". North Central College Athletics.
  16. ^ "Hall of Fame". Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
  17. ^ "Inductee — Tim Stoddard". 28 October 2013.
  18. ^ "hall-of-fame/tim-stoddard/" Check |url= value (help). hall-of-fame.

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