Atlee Hammaker
Atlee Hammaker 1983.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1958-01-24) January 24, 1958 (age 64)
Carmel, California
Batted: Switch
Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 13, 1981, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
August 9, 1995, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record59–67
Earned run average3.66
Strikeouts615
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Baseball
Representing the  United States
Amateur World Series
Silver medal – second place 1978 Italy Team

Charlton Atlee Hammaker (born January 24, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played the majority of his career for the San Francisco Giants (1982–1990). He also played for the Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, and Chicago White Sox. During his twelve-year career, he won 59 games, lost 67 games and netted five saves.

Early life

Hammaker was born in Carmel, California, on January 24, 1958, the son of Miyake and Charles Hammaker. A middle child; he has one older brother, Aldine and one younger sister, Charlene. He is half German and half Japanese. Hammaker grew up living in many different locations due to his father's career in the United States Army, and attended Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he played basketball, football, and baseball. After suffering a knee injury in football his sophomore year, he began focusing on basketball.

Hammaker received a full basketball scholarship to East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City. After being talked to and convinced by the coaches at ETSU, Hammaker decided to change his focus to baseball. He attended a summer league in Alaska, and from there, was a first round pick (21st overall) in the 1979 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Career

In 1983, Hammaker's best season, he led the National League with an ERA of 2.25, a WHIP of 1.039, BB/9IP of 1.67, and strikeout to walk ratio of 3.97. That year Hammaker won 10, lost 9, and made the National League All-Star team. (Through June, his record was 9–3 with an ERA of 1.52.)

1983 All-Star Game

Hammaker made the National League All-Star team in 1983, but did not fare well, surrendering seven earned runs in 0.2 inning pitched; and he gave up the only grand slam in All-Star Game history, to Fred Lynn. The American League prevailed 13–3 for their first win in twelve years.[1][2][3]

1987 NLCS

In Game 7 of the 1987 NLCS, Hammaker, pitching for San Francisco, gave up a three-run homer in the second inning to José Oquendo, a utility infielder who had hit only one home run that season. The Cardinals won 6–0 to advance to the World Series.[4][5]

Religion

While with the Giants, Hammaker and teammates Scott Garrelts, Dave Dravecky and Jeff Brantley became known as the "God Squad" because of their strong Christian faith. Forgoing the hard-partying lifestyle of many of their teammates, they preferred to hold Bible studies in their hotel rooms while on the road.[6]

Personal life

Hammaker is married and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee,[7] with his wife. He is the father of five daughters. His second daughter, Jenna, is married to major league player Yan Gomes.[8] His youngest daughter, Annalee, is married to minor league player Josh Rolette, a catcher in the Cleveland Indians' farm system.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "At last!". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 7, 1983. p. 27.
  2. ^ "This time, the AL breezes by". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. July 7, 1983. p. 21.
  3. ^ Boswell, Thomas (July 7, 1983). "AL finally says goodbye to losing skid". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). Washington Post. p. D1.
  4. ^ "Oquendo's homer lifts Cards to Series". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 15, 1987. p. C1.
  5. ^ "St. Louis sends Giants packing". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. October 15, 1987. p. D1.
  6. ^ Dravecky, Dave (2004). Called Up: Stories of Life and Faith from the Great Game of Baseball. Zondervan. p. 162. ISBN 031087159X.
  7. ^ "For Atlee Hammaker, more ball in the family seemed like bad idea". SFGate. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Reference at www.miamiherald.com".
  9. ^ "Annalee Hammaker and Joshua Rolette's Wedding Website".