Martin William "Marty" Pattin (born April 6, 1943) is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. 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. He had a pitching motion that resembled Denny McLain with a high leg kick.
Pattin was born in Charleston, Illinois and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Eastern Illinois University. A member of the EIU Panthers baseball team, he struck out 22 batters in a game. He joined the California Angels in 1968 and then was part of the Seattle Pilots in 1969, 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 3.12 ERA. 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. 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.
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.
Sent to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Dick Drago in 1974, Pattin 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.
After Pattin'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 1982–1987.
There is a bar called Marty's just off the campus of Eastern Illinois University, named for Pattin.
- ^ Reader, Bill. "Seattle Pilots ... Where are they now?", The Seattle Times, July 9, 2006.
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