Mike Marshall, 78, First Relief Pitcher to Win Cy Young Award, Dies

Mike Marshall, who turned the primary aid pitcher to win the Cy Young Award when he appeared in a significant league season-record 106 video games for the 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers, died on Tuesday at his dwelling in Zephyrhills, Fla., close to Tampa. He was 78.

His loss of life was introduced by the Dodgers, who stated that his daughter Rebekah had advised them, with out offering additional particulars, that he had been in hospice care.

Marshall developed extraordinary endurance by means of his information of kinesiology, the mechanics of bodily motion, lengthy earlier than pitchers used high-tech tools in hopes of bettering their efficiency and keeping off arm accidents.

He earned a doctorate in train physiology from Michigan State University in 1978, when he was pitching for the Minnesota Twins, and later taught there. His finest pitch was a screwball, which breaks in the wrong way from that of a curveball.

In addition to his single-season report for many video games pitched, Marshall, a right-hander, pitched in 13 consecutive video games in 1974, threw 208⅓ aid innings and completed 83 video games — main league data as nicely.

Appearing solely in aid in 1974, his sideburns curling towards his mouth, Marshall was an all too acquainted determine to batters within the late innings. He had a 15-12 report in 1974 with a 2.42 earned run common and 21 saves.

But he gained a status for being condescending when baseball writers sought to interview him.

Marshall as an Atlanta Brave in 1977. He was identified for his elaborate facial hair and a condescending method towards baseball writers. Credit…Associated Press

“I remember the sportswriters in Los Angeles come into the locker room and ask: ‘How are you able to do this? You’re going to break down,’” Marshall was quoted as saying by The Los Angeles Times. “I said: ‘Hey, it’s simple. It’s kinesiology, and all you have to understand is what the latissimus dorsi muscle can do for you. And then you get to use the triceps brachii and the inner teres. It’s right there.’ And they’d walk away.”

During the 1974 World Series, the sports activities columnist Dave Anderson of The New York Times wrote of how Marshall had declined to present greater than perfunctory solutions to reporters’ postgame questions. “Privately,” he famous, “many of his teammates dislike his aloof, impersonal manner, but they tolerate it because of his durability and talent.”

Indeed, there was no disputing Marshall’s affect on his fellow Dodger pitchers. “I’m a better student of hitters since Mike joined this year,” stated Andy Messersmith, who received 20 video games in 1974. Marshall had been traded to the Dodgers by the Montreal Expos.

In successful the National League Cy Young Award, the foremost leagues’ most coveted prize for a pitcher, Marshall beat out Messersmith for the distinction, accumulating 17 of 24 attainable first place votes. Eight aid pitchers from each leagues have since received the award.

In his solely postseason appearances, Marshall pitched in two National League Championship Series video games towards the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974 and in each sport of the World Series, when the Dodgers misplaced to the Oakland A’s, four video games to 1. In the Dodgers’ solely victory, he picked off Oakland’s Herb Washington, their world-class sprinter, when Washington, representing the potential tying run, was taking a lead off first base in what turned the Dodgers’ Three-2 victory in Game 2.

Marshall was an All-Star with the Dodgers in 1974 and 1975. He holds the still-standing American League report for video games pitched in a season with 90 for the 1979 Twins.

Michael Grant Marshall was born on Jan. 15, 1943, in Adrian, Mich., about 70 miles southwest of Detroit. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies’ group in September 1960 however didn’t make his main league debut till 1967, with the Detroit Tigers.

After creating a sore arm in his rookie season, Marshall studied methods to scale back stress on his arm by altering the dynamics of his pitching movement.

The Seattle Pilots obtained him in baseball’s enlargement draft as they stocked their inaugural staff of 1969, after he had returned to the minors for one season. He later pitched for the Houston Astros and the Expos, who traded him to the Dodgers for outfielder Willie Davis. The Dodgers traded him to the Atlanta Braves in midseason 1966, and he later pitched for the Texas Rangers, the Twins after which the 1981 Mets in his remaining main league season.

After he left baseball, Marshall taught bodily schooling, coached school baseball and moved to Florida, the place he arrange a baseball clinic.Credit…Chris Garlington for The New York Times

Marshall pitched in 724 video games, all however 24 in aid, in his 14 main league seasons. He had a 97-112 report with 188 saves and an earned run common of three.14.

In addition to his daughter Rebekah, his survivors embrace his second spouse, Erica, and his daughters Kerry and Deborah. All three kids have been from his marriage to his first spouse, Nancy Marshall, who died in April, The Associated Press reported.

Marshall left his posts as a bodily schooling instructor and head baseball coach at West Texas A&M in 1994 and moved to Florida to discovered a baseball clinic in Zephyrhills.

He had his college students throw laborious daily, wind up with 30-pound weights round every wrist and heave 12-pound iron balls at a wood backstop.

“Nobody who’s gone through this program has ever gotten hurt,” he advised Sports Illustrated in 2001. “These kids are now injury-proof.”

“I was dismissed as a physical freak,” he stated. “I did things nobody had ever done. For me not to be considered the best relief pitcher in the history of baseball is silly.”