Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Monday, July 12, 2010

1976 Topps #492 - Marty Pattin


  • Marty Pattin pitched in the  majors from 1968-1980. Marty earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Illinois University before being drafted by the California Angels in 1965. Marty once struck out 22 batters in a game while pitching for Eastern Illinois University.
  • Pattin pitched in the minors from 1965 until early in the 1968 season. He was brought up to the Angels in mid-May of 1968 and had a 4-4 record with three saves and a 2.79 ERA in 52 games (4 starts). After the 1968 season Pattin was taken by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft.
  • Pattin was 7-12 with a 5.62 ERA in 34 games (27 starts) for the Pilots in 1969. The Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970 and Marty had a good year (14-12, 3.39 ERA in 29 starts).
  • Pattin made the AL All Star team in 1971 (he didn't pitch in the game) and was 14-14 with a 3.13 ERA in 36 starts. After the 1971 season Pattin was traded with Tommy Harper, Lew Krausse, and a minor leaguer to the Boston Red Sox for Ken Brett, Billy Conigliaro, Joe Lahoud, Jim Lonborg, Don Pavletich, and George Scott.
  • Marty was 17-13 with a 3.24 ERA for the Red Sox in 1972. Pattin took a no-hitter into the 9th inning on July 11 before it was broken up by a Reggie Jackson single with one out. He was 15-15 with a 4.31 ERA in 1973. According to Bill Lee, Pattin had a habit of throwing up after the first inning of just about every game he pitched. After the 1973 season Pattin was traded to the Kansas City Royals for Dick Drago.
  • The Royals used Pattin as a reliever and occasional starter during his time there. In 1974 Marty was 3-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 25 games (11 starts).
  • Pattin was named AL Pitcher of the Month twice in 1975 -- June (as a starter) and September (as a reliever). Marty pitched in 44 games (15 starts) and was 10-10 with five saves and a 3.25 ERA.
  • In 1976 Pattin was 8-14 with five saves and a 2.49 ERA in 44 games (15 starts). He made two appearances in the ALCS and had a 27.00 ERA in 1/3 of an inning.
  • Marty was 10-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 31 games (10 starts) in 1977. He appeared in game 4 of the ALCS and allowed two runs (one unearned) in six innings.
  • In 1978 Marty was 3-3 with four saves and a 3.32 ERA in 32 games (5 starts). He allowed two hits and two runs in 2/3 of an inning in game 2 of the ALCS.
  • Pattin was 5-2 with three saves and an ERA of 4.58 in 31 games (7 starts) in 1979. In 1980 Marty was 4-0 with four saves and a 3.64 ERA in 37 games. He wasn't used in the ALCS and pitched one scoreless inning in game 6 of the 1980 World Series. Pattin retired after the 1980 season.
  • Marty was the head baseball coach at the University of Kansas from 1982-1987. He now makes appearances for the Royals.
  • Liked to face: Rick Auerbach (.000 in 12 AB); Roy Smalley (.040 in 25 AB); Larry Hisle (.097 in 31 AB)
  • Hated to face: Tony Solaita (.500 in 14 AB); Tony Oliva (.490 in 51 AB); Ed Herrmann (.407 with 4 HR in 27 AB)

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