Steven Ralph Arlin (born September 25, 1945) is a former professional baseball player, a major league pitcher with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians for six seasons.
College Star 1
Minor leagues 2
Major Leagues 3
The near no-hitter 4
See also 5
External links 7
Born in Seattle, Arlin was a collegiate star at Ohio State University and was a star in the College World Series. In a 1965 semifinal game against Washington State, he struck out 20 batters in 15 innings, both CWS records, in a 1–0 complete game victory for the Buckeyes. Ohio State, however, lost the final game to an Arizona State team that featured Rick Monday and Sal Bando. The following year in 1966, Arlin led Ohio State to the title and was named the CWS most valuable player.
In his two years with the Buckeyes, Arlin posted a 24–3 record with 294 strikeouts. His 165 strikeouts in 1965 remains an Ohio State single-season record; it and the career strikeout record had been set by Paul Ebert in the 1950s. Arlin's number 22 was the first to be retired by the Ohio State baseball team.
In 1978, Arlin was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame. In 2006, Arlin was a finalist for the first induction class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was inducted.
In 1966 the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Arlin in the first round (13th overall) in the secondary phase of the amateur draft. On July 25, 1967 he pitched a no-hitter in the Eastern League. Arlin also pitched in the Phillies’ farm system in 1968 before being selected by the San Diego Padres in the expansion draft.
Pitching for a struggling young team, Arlin led the National League in losses in both 1971 and 1972 (19 and 21 respectively). In both seasons, however, he posted a respectable earned run average: 3.48 in 1971 and 3.60 in 1972. The 1972 season was an especially curious one for Arlin: he pitched a one-hitter, three two-hitters (in one, on July 18 against the Phillies, he had a no-hitter broken up by Denny Doyle with two out in the ninth—to date, the closest a Padre has come to pitching a no-hitter), and a 10-inning stint in which he allowed only one hit. Yet he finished 10–21. In 1973 Arlin recorded a personal best 11 victories against 14 losses, but with a 5.10 ERA—nearly a run and a half above his career ERA to that point. Midway into the 1974 season the Padres traded Arlin to the Cleveland Indians.
During his playing career, Arlin began practicing dentistry, and became a dentist after his playing career, in which he won 34 games (11 of which were shutouts) while losing 67, with 463 strikeouts and a 4.33 earned run average in 7882⁄3 innings pitched.
Arlin's grandfather, Harold Arlin, was the first broadcaster ever to call a game on radio, an August 5, 1921 game between the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin also broadcast the first-ever football game to be called over the radio months later, a college football game between Pitt and West Virginia.
The near no-hitter
With one out to go in that near no-hitter, Arlin had gotten two strikes on Doyle. Thinking Doyle was going to bunt, first-year Padres manager Don Zimmer ordered third baseman Dave Roberts to move up about eight feet on the grass. Doyle took advantage by slapping a ground ball that bounced over Roberts' head—a ball that Roberts could have fielded at normal depth. Doyle then advanced on a balk before scoring on a Tommy Hutton single; these would be the only two hits Arlin would allow in defeating the Phillies 5–1.
^ "Buckeyes nip Cougar nine, face Arizona St. in finals". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 11, 1965. p. 13.
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Lost in the Ninth: No-Hitters Broken Up in the Ninth Inning Since 1961