The Royals introduced that former huge league reliever Mark Littell has handed away. He was 69 years outdated.
A Missouri native, Littell cut up his MLB profession between the state’s two golf equipment. He signed with the Royals as an 18-year-old in 1971, and he reached the majors simply two years later. The fitting-hander struggled over his first eight outings, together with seven begins, posting a 5.68 ERA. That’s hardly stunning for a 20-year-old hurler, although, and Littell spent a lot of the following two seasons at Triple-A.
After a quick return to the majors in 1975, Littell moved to the bullpen full-time by ’76. He thrived in that position, working a number of innings as an old-school fireman and discovering nice success. He pitched to a 2.08 ERA in 104 innings over 60 outings that season, ending 37 video games within the course of. Littell’s contributions even earned him some down-ballot MVP assist.
That yr didn’t finish as Littell would’ve favored, as he surrendered Chris Chambliss’ famed walk-off house run to clinch the American League Championship Collection for the Yankees. That was the one run he allowed in 4 2/3 innings via the collection, although, as Littell continued to pitch exceptionally nicely till his remaining providing of the season. He returned to throw one other 104 2/3 innings the subsequent season, posting a 3.61 ERA. Littell made two appearances in that yr’s postseason, permitting three runs in as many innings in one other defeat to the Yankees.
The next offseason, Kansas Metropolis traded him to their in-state rivals in a deal that introduced again former Cy Younger finalist Al Hrabovsky. Littell had two nice seasons to kick off his tenure with the Cardinals, working to a sub-3.00 ERA whereas tallying greater than 60 appearances in every of 1978-79. His manufacturing dipped thereafter, and he threw his remaining huge league pitch in 1982. Littell didn’t partake in that yr’s postseason, however he’d been a member of the St. Louis squad that gained the World Collection.
Altogether, Littell appeared in 9 MLB seasons, working to a profession 3.32 ERA over 532 innings. He completed 181 of his 316 appearances, together with 56 saves. Littell fanned 466 batters, a 20.5% charge that was nicely above the league common on the time.
MLBTR sends our condolences to his household, associates, family members and former teammates.