Marty Lang

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Nebraska native Marty Lang spent nine active seasons in professional baseball from 1926 to 1938.

The left-hander started his career in the minor leagues in 1926 with the Omaha Buffaloes of the class A Western League. He spent four years in the minors, building a 17-11 record, before being called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates, making his major league debut on July 4, 1930. Marty appeared in two games, pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits, of which two were home runs and gave up ten earned runs for a 54.00 ERA. Needless to say, Lang was on his way back to the minors shortly thereafter.

Marty spent 1931 with the Wichita Aviators of the class A Western League, producing a 17-9 record in 40 games with a 4.14 ERA. He came right back in 1932 with the Tulsa Oilers of the same league and racked up a 12-5 year in 30 outings, helping his club to the league pennant and the play-off title. 1933 saw Lang chalk up his third straight double-digit winning season when he went 11-9 with three clubs - Tulsa again, (now of the Texas League) and the Oklahoma City Indians, also of the Texas League, along with the Topeka Senators of the Western League.

Marty was out of pro baseball for the next four seasons (1934-1937), making a come-back attempt with the Bartlesville Chiefs of the class C Western Association in 1938. He put together an 8-12 record with a 4.25 ERA in 30 games. This ended his active career at the age of 32 with a minor league record of 69-52, while appearing in 202 games. Lang is also listed on the roster of the Mayfield Clothiers of the class D Kitty League in 1938 with no active record.

After baseball, he worked as an industrial engineer for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas for 16 years, and for Martin Marietta in Denver, Colorado for 10 years. Martin John Lang died from cancer on January 13, 1968 at his home in Lakewood, CO. He was 62 years of age.

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