Don Stanhouse
Born: (1951-02-12) February 12, 1951 (age 70)
Du Quoin, Illinois
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1972, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1982, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record38–54
Earned run average3.84
Career highlights and awards

Donald Joseph Stanhouse (born February 12, 1951) is a retired American professional baseball pitcher who had a nine-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career (1972–1980) with a brief comeback in 1982. He played for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles of the American League and the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League.

Shuttled back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation with the Rangers and Expos, he was acquired along with Joe Kerrigan and Gary Roenicke by the Orioles from Montreal for Rudy May, Randy Miller and Bryn Smith at the Winter Meetings on December 7, 1977.[1] Stanhouse excelled in 1978 when Manager Earl Weaver employed him as a full-time closer. Because of his Harpo Marx hairstyle and pre-game batting practice antics – where his primal scream would entertain early ballpark arrivals – he was quickly labeled Stan the Man Unusual, a pun on the nickname "Stan the Man" for Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial.[2] Jim Palmer said that in 1978, he was the Orioles' best relief pitcher.[3]

Stanhouse finished 3rd in the American League in both 1978 and 1979 in saves, recording 45 over that span, helping the Orioles capture the American League Championship in 1979. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1979.

Although an effective closer, Stanhouse had a reputation of walking batters he was not willing to face. Frequently his tactics would lead to dangerous situations in close games with multiple base-runners, and send the chain-smoking Weaver pacing back and forth in the dugout in agony. This resulted in Weaver nicknaming Stanhouse Fullpack, referring to the number of cigarettes consumed while watching him pitch. Weaver also was quoted in saying Stanhouse was an asshole, who ruined his health.[2]

Stanhouse left the Orioles as a free agent after the Orioles lost the 1979 World Series and signed a large guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was ineffective for the Dodgers in 1980, appearing in 21 games and posting an ERA over 5.00. The Dodgers sent him home during the season. He did not pitch at all in 1981, after which his contract expired and he was not re-signed by the Dodgers. Stanhouse retired after a brief comeback with the Orioles the following year.

After retirement, he became a business consultant for a venture capital firm. Married for 27 years, and a father of three, he lives in Trophy Club, Texas.[2]


  1. ^ Durso, Joseph. "Mets Get Back Foli to Play Shortstop," The New York Times, Thursday, December 8, 1977. Retrieved October 23, 2020
  2. ^ a b c Klingaman, Mike. "Catching Up With...former Oriole Don Stanhouse", The Toy Department (The Baltimore Sun sports blog), Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Palmer, Jim; Dale, Jim (1996). Palmer and Weaver: Together We Were Eleven Foot Nine. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel. p. 101. ISBN 0-8362-0781-5.