Garry Roggenburk
Pitcher
Born: (1940-04-16) April 16, 1940 (age 81)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 20, 1963, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 1969, for the Seattle Pilots
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–9
Earned run average3.64
Strikeouts56
Teams

Garry Earl Roggenburk (born April 16, 1940) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. The left-hander was listed as a lanky 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg). Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a high school teammate of Mike Hegan's at Saint Ignatius High School. The two would later be teammates with the 1969 Seattle Pilots.[1]

Roggenburk attended the University of Dayton, where he played college baseball and starred in basketball, leading Dayton to the 1962 National Invitation Tournament championship. He entered professional baseball in 1962 when he was signed by the Minnesota Twins. He was also selected in the National Basketball Association draft by the San Francisco Warriors.

Major League Baseball career

Roggenburk made his Major League debut on April 20, 1963, with the Twins, playing against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park with 7,137 people attending the game. Roggenburk was called to replace Bill Dailey in the sixth inning. He pitched only one-third of an inning while walking one batter and allowing one hit. Roggenburk was then replaced by Frank Sullivan, who surrendered a two-run home run to Dave Nicholson, one of those earned runs charged against Roggenburk. The Twins lost the game 10–7 in the tenth inning, with Roggenburk getting a no-decision.[2]

Roggenburk appeared in 60 games for the Twins over all or parts of three years before being purchased by the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 1966.[3] After finishing 1966 with Boston, he appeared in portions of the 1968 and 1969 seasons for the Red Sox, then was purchased by Seattle Pilots on June 23, 1969.[3] He worked in 12 total games for Boston and seven for Seattle.

In 79 MLB appearances, 73 of them as a relief pitcher, he fashioned a 6–9 won–lost record, with a 3.64 earned run average and seven saves. Four of his six starting pitcher assignments came with the 1969 Pilots. He threw his only MLB complete game July 8 against the California Angels, a five-hit, 3–1 Seattle victory at Sicks Stadium.[4] In 126 big-league innings pitched, he surrendered 132 hits and 64 walks; he struck out 56.

Activity after retirement

After Roggenburk's playing career ended, Roggenburk became a pitching coach in the Red Sox' minor-league system, and later became general manager (GM) from 1978 to 1983 for the Winter Haven Red Sox, Boston's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.[1][5] After leaving baseball, he returned to Cleveland and he worked as a real-estate appraiser.[1] In 2006, Roggenburk, age 66, was living in Avon, Ohio.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Seattle Pilots ... Where are they now?". community.seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Twins vs Chicago White Sox on April 20, 1963". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Transactions of Garry Roggenburk". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  4. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1969-07-08
  5. ^ "2007 List of Legends". www.jimperrylegends.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2008.