Born: February 12, 1942|
Buffalo, New York
Died: November 22, 2006 (aged 64)|
San Diego, California
|May 31, 1967 for the Detroit Tigers|
Last MLB appearance
|September 19, 1977 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.54|
Career highlights and awards
Patrick Edward Dobson, Jr. (February 12, 1942 – November 22, 2006) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1967–69), San Diego Padres (1970), Baltimore Orioles (1971–72), Atlanta Braves (1973), New York Yankees (1973–75) and Cleveland Indians (1976–77). He was best known for being one of four Orioles pitchers to win 20 games in their
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Born in Depew, New York in 1942, Dobson signed with Detroit in
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In 1971 Dobson had a winning streak of 12 games (including nine consecutive complete games) and a scoreless inning streak of 23. On September 24, he recorded his 20th win, a 7–0 shutout against the Indians. Dobson posted a 20-8, 187, 2.90 season record, and was part of the Orioles' "Big Four" pitching staff along with Dave McNally (21-5), Mike Cuellar (20-9), and Jim Palmer (20-10). Baltimore went on to win 101 games, with the distinction of having four 20-game winners in a season; only one other team in MLB history, the
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Dobson was an All-Star in
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After his playing days, Dobson became a respected pitching coach with the Brewers, Padres, Royals, and Orioles. From 1989 to 1990, he was the manager of the Fort Myers Sun Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, leading the team to a 37-35 record and a playoff berth in his first season and an 11-14 record at the time of the league's demise on December 26, 1990. In 1997, Dobson joined the San Francisco Giants organization and worked as an advance major league scout and assistant to general manager Brian Sabean.
Dobson died from leukemia in 2006 in San Diego, California at the age of 64, one day after being diagnosed with the disease. He is survived by six children (Patrick Dobson III, Nancy Kost, Stacy Dobson, Christopher Dobson, Shannon Christaldi-Dobson, and Stephanie Dobson) and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- ESPN.com - "Former Orioles 20-game winner Dobson dies at 64"
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